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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Topic:

How can law enforcement address or reduce domestic violence involving pregnant women as the victims?

 Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:

     How can law enforcement address or reduce domestic violence involving pregnant women as
     the victims?


Good Initial Search Terms: (Think of synonyms)

     Primary Terms: "domestic violence", pregnant, women
     Additional Concept: "law enforcement", reduce

Perspective:
      Read all articles from the point of view of law enforcement.


 

Step 2: Get Background Information

Encyclopedias

  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias

Periodical Search

  • Periodical Search
    A link that allows you to browse or search for periodicals by name and can be used to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed.
 

Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms

 

"domestic violence" • "domestic abuse" • "spousal abuse"
"intimate partner violence" battering "family violence"

+
pregnant • expecting • "with child"

(Additional Concepts)
"law enforcement" • police cop LEO
+
reduce prevent stop

Find simple synonyms with a thesaurus: Thesaurus.com


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