The MRU Library has developed an Undergraduate Research Guide to help you navigate common research activities such as conducting a literature review, making presentations, writing abstracts etc.
Below is some further information on developing your searches, and finding and managing research from a Business perspective.
Trying different keywords and using synonyms is important when searching. For example, one topic could be searched a number of ways:
"change management" theory
"change management" perspectives
"change management" (theory or perspectives)
employee recognition "post secondary"
employee reward system (college or university)
respectful workplace effective
"interpersonal conflict" trends
Resources to help: The differences between Scholarly/Popular/Trade publications and Is this scholarly? There is a good definition with examples of GREY LITERATURE in Section D (p. 11) of the APA guide.
Below are three different ways to try searches to find academic articles (and trade publications):
Search articles, books, multimedia & more
This is the same search box that is on the Library homepage. Once you've done a search, you can change the type of your results by clicking the filters on the right.
Several other excellent resources can be used to find scholarly material. The two below also provide a way to find articles and then use citation chaining to find more. Citation chaining refers to searching backwards and forwards in time to find additional relevant resources.
If you find one good article make sure to "chain" by clicking Cited by and Related articles below its summary.
Does not include magazines or trade publications.
The Advanced Search is found by clicking the menu icon (top left).
Besides providing links to articles in MRU databases, Google Scholar links to online repositories which contain articles the author has been allowed to upload. Academia.edu and ResearchGate are among the repositories searched by Google Scholar.
To set up off-campus follow Menu Icon --> Settings --> Library Links.
Use the first two databases to find trade and scholarly sources. You can apply limits for Trade Publications, Scholarly Articles, and by Date.
After conducting a search change the list of results from Date/Most recent first to Relevance.
More business databases are available on the first page of the Business Guide.