Answered By: Kim Reed
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014     Views: 52

It sounds like you're already familiar with the Library's "Articles" search tab on our homepage, and you may know that when you run a search, the results page has a "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)" checkbox on the left. So you're halfway there already!

Keywords are usually the biggest challenge for a new research topic, so you're not alone in getting stuck on this. When you're taking a position on a topic like recycling, it helps to be specific about your reasons for such a position. What is your argument for why recycling is "bad"? This will help you choose more effective keywords.

If, for instance, you want to argue that recycling does not offer sufficient benefits relative to the cost in consumer time and materials processing, try combining the keyword "recycling" with "problems," "cost," or "cost-benefit." That's a good place to start to find an article like: "Endogenous Consumer Participation and the Recycling Problem,"

If you need more help on this, just let us know.