Once you have decided on a topic and determined what types of sources you need for your research, you are ready to begin searching for your information.
It is helpful to create a search plan using the steps below to keep your search on track:
For articles, look for a library database that matches your research topic. You can find an alphabetical list of all of the library's databases and their descriptions here. For recommended databases, see this page in the Research Guide for DBA Students.
Keywords are the most important words in your topic statement; they define what your topic statement is about. The more keywords you can think of to describe your topic, the better! It may be helpful to keep a keyword list when you are researching a topic to help you remember words you have already tried, the combinations you have used, as well as new keywords you may want to try.
Remember that research is an iterative process, so that you may need to repeat search steps discussed in this section more than once to retrieve the best information for your research project.
If you are uncertain about your results on the first try, don't be afraid to revisit different steps until you are satisfied that the information you retrieve will support your research.
See the drop down options in this tab at the top of the page for additional information on searching for your topic in the library.
The CSU librarians can support you during the research process with personalized reference services. We are happy to help you with the following tasks:
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