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Congress and The Presidency
Keywords to Try When Searching
Place quotation marks around phrases of more than 1 word when searching. (EX: "house of representatives")
- bicameral OR bicameralism
- bill of rights
- congressional committees
- congressional spending
- domestic policy
- executive branch
- executive order
- foreign policy
- house of representatives
- individual rights
- legislative branch
- political institutionalization
- political party
- presidential campaign
- presidential election
- public opinion
Subject Headings to Try When Searching
When using an EBSCO database to search subject terms, change the "Select a Field" option to indicate "SU Subject Terms." Place quotation marks around your subject terms as indicated above.
- CONSTITUTIONAL history
- CONSTITUTIONAL law -- United States
- DEMOCRATIC Party (U.S.)
- FEDERAL government
- LEGISLATIVE bodies -- United States
- LEGISLATIVE power -- United States
- POLITICAL parties
- POLITICAL reform
- PRESIDENTS -- United States
- REPUBLICAN Party (U.S.:1854- )
- UNITED States. Congress
- UNITED States. Congress -- Powers & duties
Refining a Research Topic
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Finding and Narrowing a Topic
Find ideas in the syllabus, your text, class discussion, or Google News.
Narrow down a broad topic by asking yourself
the 5 W's: who? what? where? when? why?
As you search the databases, looking at
subject headings and abstracts can help you
focus your topic.
Using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, and NOT) with your keywords will help you narrow or expand your results.
The highlighted middle section represents the use of AND. Searching for poverty AND addiction will give you results with both words present. Therefore, your results are fewer.
Using OR between similar keywords will give you results that include both words. Therefore, your results are greater. A search for teenagers OR adolescents will retrieve either or both terms.
The NOT operator gives you results from only one of your words. Therefore, your results are fewer. Searching for addiction NOT alcohol will eliminate alcohol from the results.
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