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ISS6302 / Interdisciplinary Methods in Social-Ecological Research

Library Research Guide created Fall 2022 for ISS 6302. Updated June 2024.

sociological research

This is a library research guide with resources for socio-ecological research.

The guide is designed to provide direct access to the different databases on the different topics that students in the course have shared. 

Craft your Search

The tough part is coming up with the right words to describe your topic.  Use synonyms.  For example your topic is love in the workplace. What terms should you use?  

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Use OR between synonyms and AND between different concepts.


When you have a topic, brainstorm what words to search.  Remember, search for the most important words only.  Use AND between the different terms and OR between words that mean the same thing.  AND narrows your search. OR broadens your search.

Synonyms and Related Terms:  Think of synonyms for your search terms.  For example:

Topic: The impact of global warming on international shipping.


Main Term   Synonyms Related Terms
global warming climate change greenhouse gases

global shipping

global freight

international freight

overseas shipping

overseas freight








You won't always
have related terms