Answered By: Wendy Diamond
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2018     Views: 325

1. Use Articles and Databases by Subject  to select a database that covers your topic. If you're not sure where to start or your topic is interdisciplinary, try Search Everything or Academic Search.

2. Search keywords in the database and retrieve relevant articles. Keywords are terms that you would like to find in an article. For example, if you are researching the effect of sugar on childhood obesity, you could use these keywords:

Children and obesity and sugar

Obesity and childhood and sugar

Sugar and children and effect

Basically, you need to find single terms (not sentences or statements) which are relevant for your topic and that would be in an article that could be relevant to your topic.

If you are not having success with your first search- try different keywords.  In the example above, if you searched "children and obesity and sugar" and the results were too narrow (too specific), by removing one keyword you will expand your results.  If you only searched: children and obesity, the result will be more articles and a more broad search. 

The opposite is also true, if your search was too broad, try adding a term or changing one of your terms to something more specific.  In the example above you wanted to look at a specific kind of sugar- high fructose or refined sugar, use these specific keywords instead of the keyword "sugar."

3. Click on PDF or html links to read the full-text.

4. If full-text links are not immediately visible, click on the "FIND IT" icon to see options for locating the article in print or in other library databases.
If the article is not available either online or in print, use Interlibrary Services to request it.  We can usually get a digital copy within 2-3 days.

If you already know the name of a journal, you can use the Search for a Specific Journal Title link from the ReSEARCH Station. 



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