construct a search strategy for locating literature related to your research question
Identify types of research articles to determine relevance and fit for your project
Recognize correct APA citation format for journal articles (periodicals)
1. Develop a search strategy.
2. Enter the search strategy you created in step 1 into the EBSCO suite of databases (linked below) to search for the scholarly conversation related to your research question.
Pro tip: You can also access the EBSCO suite of databases from our library home page (bgsu.edu/library). It's two tabs over from the default search box, Summon.
This academic journal icon will appear with many results you find in EBSCO databases. However, you will need to take a closer look at each result to determine if it's a good fit for your project. For this project, you will most likely need to focus your attention on original research studies. The handout below describes the differences between the types of articles published in academic journals.
Step 2. Read the abstract (overview) provided for the article. (If the abstract is not present, click on "find it" or "PDF full text" to look at the full text).
Step 3. Look specifically for the purpose of the article and/or the research method used by the authors.
Step 1. Open this document
Step 2. Click on the article title.
Step 2. Click on "Cite" in the right-hand column
Step 3. Scroll down until you see APA 7th ed. style
Step 4. Pay attention to details such as: punctuation, format (such as italics), and capitalization. Compare the example citations provided above with the rough draft citation provided by the database.