Answered By: Richard Ma
Last Updated: May 08, 2017     Views: 53

Since your topic touches upon a very recent topic in the news, I would recommend using our most popular general database:  EBSCOhost.

You can access EBSCOhost from this link:  http://search.ebscohost.com.prox.miracosta.edu/login.asp?&profile=xsearch OR from the library's home page, click on Research, then Databases, then A-Z List and scroll down to EBSCOhost

Once you access the database, I would recommend using the "Advanced Search" feature to filter unwanted articles.  PLEASE keep in mind that even with the best filters, you'll still get some of those "junk" articles that you are not interested in getting.  It's the nature of research (the process of searching over and over until you find something).

In the Advanced Search option, you can enter keywords.  I recommend these words in the first blank field:  "U.S. government shutdown" or "American government shutdown."  Notice I also have those keywords in quotation marks.  Please add them to your search since this will help the database look for those keywords nestled together.  Otherwise, you might get government in one part of the sentence and shutdown in another (which would increase those "junk" results). 

I also recommend adding keywords in the 2nd blank field; these could be words like "employment" or "economy" or whatever else you can think of since I am sure you've done some preliminary investigation into the topic. You can also limit your search to just scholarly articles and by date range (that also should eliminate "junk" articles).

I'm attaching a picture of what I have described above.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us again via this service or phone at 760.795.6716.  Thanks.

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