Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2018     Views: 1956

Yes! Databases can be a great place to search for theories that have been referenced in research, and to discover what is being talked about in your discipline. 

Doing a database search is a good way to get started when you don't know where to begin searching for theories. 

Here is an example of how you can discover theories in the SocINDEX with Full Text.

Tip: You can replicate this search in a different subject database of your choosing.
Learn about choosing a database to search.

1.  On the Library homepage, click on Select a Subject in the middle of the page. 

2. Click on the Social Work link. This will take you to the Social Work Research page.

3.  Scroll down to the Social Work Databases box and click on the SocINDEX with Full Text database link. You may need to log in with your myWalden user name and password, if you haven't done so already.

4.  Type your keywords into the search box. For example: 

In the first row, first search box, type:

theory or theories

In the second row of search boxes, type:


5. Click the search button to rerun the search

Leave the Select a Field box as is for these search terms.

Your completed search should look like this:

The results in the center of the screen will be a list of articles with the search terms bolded.

On the results screen take a look at the Subject Terms listed under the article titles. This can be a good way to brainstorm and see the names of different theories. Learn about subject terms and index searching

Tip: Try a search without a term in the second box to see more general results


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