Searching in the library's resources depends on the keywords - or search terms - you use. Instead of searching for a whole question or sentence, break your topic into keywords. Mix and match different combinations of keywords to get different results when searching. Also, think of similar or related terms you can search for.
Research question: How does childhood abuse impact adult mental health?
Possible keyword combinations:
Mix and match different keywords to find different articles.
Need more help with keywords? Ask a librarian or watch the video below:
A successful research project or paper starts with a topic that is the right "size". If your topic is too broad or too big, you'll find too many sources. If your topic is too narrow or too small, you won't find enough sources. You may need to brainstorm different aspects you want to focus on in order to help you narrow your topic.
For example, researching 'body cameras in policing' will give you too many resources to create a focused paper or assignment. If you're unsure how to narrow your topic, use the "W" questions:
WHO - Is there a particular population you want to focus on?
WHERE - Is there a particular location you want to focus on? A particular city or region? Urban areas or rural?
WHEN - Is there a particular time frame you are interested in?
WHAT - What aspects are interesting to you? (Be curious!)
WHY - Why is this topic important?
Use these additional research guides for more help finding sources.