Getting a better definition of your topic will require some research. See this page for tips on using:
Google Scholar (and other free educational search engines)
Smart search engine strategies (with Google, Bing, etc.)
Databases and websites that present both sides of issues
Databases and websites with background information - just to get you started
Finding recent papers
Your search results are normally sorted by relevance, not by date. To find newer articles, try the following options in the left sidebar:
Locating the full text of an article
Abstracts are freely available for most of the articles. However, reading the entire article may require a subscription. Here're a few things to try:
You might also find, through Google Scholar results, JSTOR content that is licensed by West Sound Academy. This is possible due to a partnership between JSTOR and Google Scholar. When Google Scholar sees a user coming from an IP address that is associated with a participating institution, and that user’s search returns results to which they have access on JSTOR, that user will see a link to JSTOR next to the result. You will need to be searching from a computer on the WSA campus for this to work.
Getting better answers
If you're new to the subject, it may be helpful to pick up the terminology from secondary sources. E.g., aarticle for "overweight" might suggest a Scholar search for "pediatric hyperalimentation".
If the search results are too specific for your needs, check out what they're citing in their "References" sections. Referenced works are often more general in nature.
Similarly, if the search results are too basic for you, click "Cited by" to see newer papers that referenced them. These newer papers will often be more specific.
Explore! There's rarely a single answer to a research question. Click "Related articles" or "Cited by" to see closely related work, or search for the author's name and see what else they have written.
Exclude a word or a site - Add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word. You can also exclude results based on other operators, like excluding all results from a specific site. Examples:
Search for an exact word or phrase - By adding quotation marks around your search term you will get only results that include all those words in that order. This can be useful when looking for a line from literature. song lyrics, or information on a specific person or location. Example:
Use 'OR' to get one result or the other - If you are looking for results on one topic or one other topic, and nothing else, use the OR modifier (aka Boolean Operator) to get the results you want. Example:
A single website - If you are looking for more results from a certain website, include site: in your query, followed by the site URL you want to use. You can also search within a specific top-level domain like .org or .gov or country top-level domain like .ca or .au. Examples:
"I need to choose a controversial issue."
"I need background on possible topics"
The WSA Library has print and digital resources to help you with your research.
Search the WSA catalog for a book. (Yes, a book!)! You can sign in with your WSA Google email and place holds. Just use the search widget to the left or go to the Library Catalog link here.
Search WSA's Library catalog of digital resources - including WebPath Express, a collection of over 100,000 relevant, accurate, and up-to-date websites. Just use the search widget to the left. Narrow results by:
And remember WSA's subscription databases! Links to those databases with peer-reviewed, academic journals can be found on this page.
Find books, digital resources (ebooks), WebPath Express websites, and Open Educational Resources (OER).