Part 4: Finding Additional Research

Once you had read and pulled out important information from at least one article, you can use what you learned to find additional information. Below are some ways you can use the article(s) you already have to locate even more sources.


Look at the article’s list of references. These are going to be other articles, books, and websites that the authors used to inform their own research. You may find several that look useful for your topic, too. Pay attention to the authors in the citations, too. If you see an author listed on more than one source, you may have just found a lead expert in that field.


Key Ideas and Terms

Look for main idea, important terms, and key words that show up in the Introduction, Literature Review, and Conclusion sections. These could be search terms you can use to search for more articles.

What should you do once you find that information? Head over to the library website and access a database to search for articles, books, and more.


  • If you found the title of an article you want to access, you can copy and paste that title into the Library Search System to see if we have it available. You can use Google Scholar for this, too.
  • Choose a database from our list of Databases by Subject to find one that specializes in articles for the area you are researching. Use the key ideas and terms you identified in your other sources as search terms.
  • Watch the tutorial below to learn more skills for searching in library databases.
Video: Database Basics

When you are ready, answer the questions in “Part 4: Finding Additional Research” of your worksheet.


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