Answered By: Paul Galfano
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2017     Views: 34

You can use library databases to find articles on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP),  First access the library page on Blackboard (see below) and use the 'Research/Explore' link to open up the menu (which will provide the library databases list as an option):


Choose Databases (where the blue arrow points) to access the A-Z list of databases. You can also find links to these databases below.

1. A good starting point is to read through a comprehensive article on TPP available via the Global Issues in Context database. Type in "Trans-Pacific Partnership" in the search box of the database and click the search button (as shown in the image below):


2. Click on the 'view more' link to read through more of the main article. There are additional related articles in the links below the main article to read through.  Note: A 'citation tools' link is on the top right of the page which can generate a citation of the article in either APA or MLA format, depending on what was designated by the instructor (see image below where blue arrow points to):


3. To find additional articles you can use the ABI/INFORM database. Once you have accessed it from the A-Z list of databases page, the next step will be to generate keywords. Start with the basic acronym "TPP" or use the full name of the agreement as the keywords. Enter these into the ABI/INFORM search box. Note: remember to check on the small 'Full-Text' box before hitting the 'search' button. More specific keywords are used to narrow down the search to a specific aspect of your topic. For example, you could use "TPP" with the name of a specific country within the Trans Pacific (example: "TPP and Indonesia") or with an issue like job loss (TPP and "job loss").  

As it generates a results list of articles, it is important to utilize the 'Narrow Results' search option of the ABI/INFORM database (contained at the left of the page in any results list of articles). You can narrow results by publication date (to get articles published within the last few years), source type (scholarly journal, newspaper, or business or trade magazine), or document type (article, case study, industry report, conference report, interview, book chapter, etc.).  There's also a search option to arrange articles by subject. Using one or more of these search options provides more focused and shorter results lists of articles. Use the image below as a guide for using the Narrow Results options (see image below):


Once you've chosen an article to include in your paper, ABI/INFORM has a 'Cite' feature that will enable you to create a citation for the article in APA or MLA format (depending on what was designated by the instructor). You'll see the 'cite' feature in the box at the top right (see image below).



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