How to Locate Theory-Based Resources
There is no exact way to locate only theory-based resources. However, most find it easy to narrow result lists to those with a theoretical basis using a subject (SU Subject Terms) search limiter in a research database. Below is an example using Magale’s Search Electronic Resources tool. You will want to consider what search terms or keywords you use in each search box. Keyword terms usually address who, what, when, where, or how.
Let us say that you want to find theory-based resources about adults with ADHD. Here is how you might set-up a database search using subject search limiters.
Keywords (limit one per search box):
who = adults
what = ADHD
what = theory
Notice that in the top search box the population (or who) is listed as a subject term: adults. In the second search box, a what is listed as a subject term: ADHD. The bottom search has another what listed as a subject term: theory.
This search reduces the results list to resources that contain subjects of adults, ADHD, and theory. However, be aware other subjects may be included. Still, this saves time by helping reduce resources with theory-based focuses.