Answered By: Lynn VanLeer Last Updated: Jan 09, 2019 Views: 8533
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.
- How do I find encyclopedias?
- How do I find theories in the Gale Virtual Reference Library?
- How do I find theories in SAGE Knowledge?
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).
- Can I use a database to search for theories?
- Can I use subject terms in a database to find theories?
- How do I find theorists?
- Library Guide to Capstone Literature Reviews: Theorists & Theoretical Sources
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