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Start of Class

Please have a seat, log in to a computer, and complete the class roll at 

Scholarly or Popular Activity

  1. View the four articles below and read the abstract if available
  2. Determine whether each article is scholarly or popular. Be prepared to give reasons why. 
  3. Would your professor accept it in a paper for this course on the research question:

    How does being single affect a person's mental health in the United States? 

Search Strategies Activity

Use the search strategies AND, OR, NOT, "", *, subject terms, and limiters to find one peer-reviewed journal article on your topic using a subject database.

Scholarly and Popular Criteria

Following the Research Conversation Activity

Use the most relevant article you've found so far to follow the research conversation on your topic. Put the title into Google Scholar or Web of Knowledge to look at the Cited by and Cited References of the article. 

Search Strategies

Use “” quotations around more than one word to find an exact phrase. Ex: "greek letter societies" 

Use * to find multiples endings of the same word. Ex: teen* would find teen, teens, teenager, and teenagers