Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2019     Views: 13077

Discovering theories in a field or subject area can require researching a variety of sources. For instance, you might consult previous course readings, discussions, and other background resources.  

Get started with encyclopedias

If you're not sure where to start, exploring encyclopedia entries can be a good place to discover theories in your area, and gain background information on the theory and related theorists. See a list of encyclopedias as a starting place. 


Note: Use an encyclopedia's Reader's Guide, Table of Contents, or Index to find information on theories and theorists. Or search the collection or individual title for a topic or theory.


Search in article databases for theories

You can also search in article databases to find articles using a particular theoretical approach for a study. Use the name of the theory as a keyword (or phrase). 

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