When searching the library's databases for articles, keep these tips in mind:
1) Use AND and OR to connect keywords: e.g., "gender gap" AND (income OR pay)
2) Search within specific publications like the Wall Street Journal or The Economist by adding them as keywords
3) Limit by date to get recent articles
4) Watch for editorial or opinion pieces. You can use these, but recognize that they only represent one perspective on the issue.
Think-tanks are organizations that conduct scholarly policy analysis and produce reports. Their objective is to better inform the public and government debate about important issues in the US and internationally.
To get started, do a keyword search in Harvard's Think-Tank Search tool, which searches reports from 1,200 think-tanks:
Keep in mind that many think-tanks take a particular ideological viewpoint, so their reports will be biased. To get the full picture, look for reports that reflect differing perspectives on your issue.
Don't just Google it! The US government and international NGOs conduct good-quality research on policy issues.
To find reports written by government agencies, add the following to your Google search:
To find reports written by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), search the country name and the issue, then add the following to your Google search:
These databases can all be searched simultaneously. Open Academic Search Premier, click on the Choose Databases link, checkmark the other two, and press OK.
Look at these articles to decide whether they would make good sources for a presentation about maternity leave in the USA.