Books strike a balance between being broad and specific. They are long enough to contain detailed information about a topic, but often cover a subject from a variety of angles.
Find books in the Catalogue Quick Search on the BCIT Library homepage.
If you can't find a book about your specific topic, try looking for books in a broader subject that contains your topic.
Journal articles provide detailed information to support the arguments you want to make. Find them through:
Catalogue quick search on the BCIT Library homepage, click the ARTICLES tab at the top of your search results
Google Scholar will do a Google search of available journal articles on the web. Subscription required for many of them.
There are many other specialized sources of information like datasets, industry reports, etc. that contain detailed information. Many of these can be found in databases (see above). Use a research guide or talk to a librarian to find out where to look for your topic.
You can access BCIT Library's online articles via Google Scholar :
From the Google Scholar homepage, select the 'hamburger' menu in the top left. Select Settings.
From Settings, click on Library links.
From the Search Box, search for 'BCIT' and select 'BCIT - Find full text @ BCIT' and click save.
When you search Google Scholar, you will see a 'FIND full-test @BCIT' link next to various articles which indicates that they are available via BCIT subscribed e-content.
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Keywords are crucial to finding good information on your topic. Start a list and keep adding to it as your research progresses.
When choosing keywords, look for the words that are most concrete and most essential to your topic.
Try to think of synonyms and related words to use as well. For the above topic we may also want to think about using children, youth, infant, overweight, BMI. You may also brainstorm some specific causes such as exercise, diet, poverty and try searching with those. Make sure to think of synonyms for those words too!
As you do your searches and conduct your background reading, keep an eye out for additional keywords to add to your list.