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Course Guide ~ MATH 509 / Senior Seminar in Applied Statistics: Research Databases

Research Databases

General & News Sources

Sample keyword searches:

“latest findings”, “medical breakthrough”, “sugar consumption”, “fast food”, “vaccines”, “fluoride”, “caffeine”,“test scores”, “climate change”

Reports based on data analysis:

Subject Specialist

Research Librarian for Mathematics & the Sciences
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Trace a Data Set to a Research Article

Once you have viewed an interesting data set, see what research articles have been based on the data.

1. Explore Data Sets, and find one that looks interesting.

2. Explore Research Articles:

Search Hamilton's OneSearch with the name of the data set as a phrase ("in quotes"), and limit to Scholarly & Peer Review

Search Google Scholar with the name of the data set as a phrase ("in quotes")


In OneSearch and in Google Scholar, search "Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study"

Citation Styles

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

In order to evaluate sources, try the ACCORD method.

Briefly, ACCORD means:

  • A - Agenda - What was the author's purpose?
  • C - Credentials - Is the author creditable?
  • C - Citations - Does the author cite the work of others?
  • O - Oversight - Did someone have to approve the publication?
  • R - Relevance - Does the source fit your needs?
  • D - Date - How recent is the source?

For more detail, take a look at this guide on evaluating resources

Research Starting Points

Research Starting Points

Have a plan when conducting research:

Ask questions.

  • Think of questions about your topic, and search in databases.
  • After reading articles, think about what interests you.  Ask new questions, and look for more information.

Find the starting point:

  • OneSearch- Searches books, articles, audio and video files, images, government documents, and more. All Searches
  • Academic Search Premier - Indexes journals across disciplines.   General Searches 
  • Subject Guides - See We Suggest sections for discipline-specific databases.   Advanced Searches 
  • How Do I Find... - News sources, images, statistics, primary sources, and more.   Targeted Searches 

Keep searches simple.

  • Start with a keyword search
  • Enter no more than two or three words connected by the word AND
  • Focus your search by using subject headings

Refine your search.

  • Repeat your search after reading some of the information gathered in the previous step
  • Mine the bibliographies of articles on your topic for additional sources

Get help.

Request an Appointment

Book an Appointment

For your debate topic or for your final presentations, individualized appointments are available.

Please bring articles you have located to the appointment.

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