Answered By: Sara H.
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2023     Views: 66

It is often easier to search the library's databases if you already have specific events in mind. If you haven't already decided which defining events you would like to research, try a few Google searches, such as:

  • historic events that defined generation y
  • defining events and baby boomers
  • millennials and defining events

If you have already identified the defining events, you can begin by combining your keywords in the OneSearch box on the library home page, or in the relevant databases listed in the Subject Guides on the library home page.

The library's databases use very specific algorithms to return appropriate search results. This requires that keywords are combined in particular ways. Those keyword combinations might look something like this:

  • Kennedy assassination AND boomers
  • 9/11 AND (millennials OR "generation y")
  • W2K AND "generation X"

You'll find help with creating effective keyword combinations in the library's Research Skills Tutorial.

Once you've got some search results in whichever database you are using, you can refine those results by applying the limiters usually located to the left of the results.

For example, if you need articles published within the last 5 years, you can set the date range. If you need articles from scholarly/peer-reviewed/academic journals, trade publications, or the like, you can check the box next to your choice.

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