Identifying Search Terms and Creating Search Statements
When searching for articles in a database, you will need to identify a number of keyword search terms to use based on your topic.
If your topic was about what factors influence customer satisfaction with hotels, the following search terms would be appropriate:
Using the * at the end of the root word (hotel*) will tell the database to find the word, the plural form, and any related words with different suffixes (e.g, hotel, hotels)
Next, you need to combine these serach terms with connectors to create a search statement to use in the database. You will want to create several different search statements to use for searching.
Here are some search statement examples:
hotel* AND customer* AND satisfaction
(hotel* OR resort*) AND consumer* AND loyalty
TIP You won’t want to enter a phrase in the search box of the database or index, because the database will not be able to understand it and you won't get any results. Remember to pick out the important words for your topic and use AND/OR to combine them into a search statement.
Selecting a Database and Searching for Articles
Individual articles are not found in the online catalog; therefore, you will have to use an index or database to search for articles on your topic. Kennedy Library has many different databases and indexes to choose from. Some are very broad and cover a wide variety of disciplines, while others are very narrow and only cover specific disciplines.
An example of a broad database/index is Academic Search Premier. This database/index covers almost all disciplines (e.g. psychology, business, biology).
An example of a narrower, subject-specific database/index is Hospitality and Tourism Complete. This database/index covers topics in hospitality, tourism and related disciplines.
It is important to select an appropriate database or index when searching for articles, so you can find what you are looking for quickly and easily.
Use one of the databases listed below to search for articles on your topic. You may also view list of databases by subject.
A comprehensive index of peer-reviewed scholarly journals in social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multicultural studies, as well as popular magazines published from 1990-present. Provides Full-text access to peer reviewed articles from thousands of journals.
Hospitality & Tourism Complete covers scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. There is full text for hundreds of publications, including periodicals, company & country reports, and books.
SPORTDiscus offers comprehensive indexing and full-text access to sports and sports medicine journals. Subject areas covered include: biomechanics, drugs, exercise, kinesiology, movement science, nutrition, occupational health and therapy, physical fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation, sports and exercise psychology, coaching and education, and sports medicine.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Search results may be from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Help setting Library Links to access Cal Poly resources is available here.
Journals for Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
Examples of journals for the recreation, parks and tourism discipline.
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.