Where can I find information about social media?
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2021     Views: 23

Start your research on social media in Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

You can find this database on the Library’s homepage under Popular Databases.

Search for:

social media

As you type, select the bold heading of social media as it appears. This will open with an introduction to the topic and limiters immediately below it for different content types. This is a general topic and you may need to narrow down your focus. Scroll through the results to find information that is applicable to your focus.

For some detailed information, look for:

Fake News AND Social Media

social media AND controversy

Need more?

For more information, try one of our other databases, like EBSCOhost, using more specific terms.

Copy and paste the searches below into the search box.

SU "social media" AND TI "social media"

SU "social media" AND TI "social media" AND SU "fake news"

Here are some other tips that may help:

  • The two letters SU or TI before the terms is a way of limiting the search to specific parts of the article to help narrow the search. SU = Subject and TI = Title. Use the Advanced Search link to select these and other fields.
  • The quotation marks tell the database to search for the terms as a phrase as in "global warming." 
  • Parentheses, in general, allow either/or searches. For example, (cats OR dogs).
  • The asterisk (*) is called a wildcard, which means if you search for child*, it will retrieve child, children and childhood.
  • Use the publication date limiter to find recent articles.

And try this method: type in social media letter by letter. As you do, searches starting with these terms will be listed in a dropdown from the search box. You can scroll down to one that looks helpful and click on it and then go to the results. For example:

social media addiction

For additional help creating your search terms, you can refer to this FAQ on developing a search strategy.


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