First, think about your search and break it down. You are looking for:
Second, chose your database. In the sample search we use the database SocINDEX with Full Text for this search. We restricted our search to scholarly journals to ensure that we are looking only at peer reviewed articles.
Third, conduct your search. Try using 1) boolean operators (and, or, not) and 2) any useful truncation or wildcards (same root word with different endings or spellings).
Tip: Keep checking your relevant results for new terminology to add. The key to a strong search is to learn the terminolog the literature uses to talk about a particular subject. For example, here reviewing the results led us to add“online social network*” to Box 1.
Tip: Unlike Google, most databases do not automatically retrieve plurals or variant spellings. You must use truncation/wildcards for more comprehensive searches. Many databases use * for truncation, eg. boy* retrieves boy, boys, boyhood, boycott, etc. and ? for a wildcard, eg. wom?n retrieves woman or women.
Try running a similar search in other databases as assigned (e.g. Sociological Abstracts). You might also try running an advanced search.
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