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Leadership Studies Research Guide

A guide for conducting research in the Leadership Studies program

Starting out: search terms

Below is a list of some sample search terms and phrases that can be used to find general background information when choosing a topic. Such terms can be used on their own or combined with others to discover topics that may interest you. For example, use two phrases in an advanced search to narrow your results: information management AND ethics will provide a list of articles discussing the various issues surrounding the ethical considerations in information management, such as privacy and security.

If you find far too many search results even after combining search terms, try altering and/or adding some terms. In the example above, I found over 151,000 results- but when I changed my search and added a third phrase (information management AND ethics AND surveillance), I narrowed my results to just over 8,000.

Having a hard time choosing a topic? Use the Random Research Topic Generator to open searches in the library's Articles+ database, which includes the HSU Library's physical collection as well as electronic databases and other outside materials. 

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