Search by keywords and small phrases.
Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching. What's Boolean?
Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases.
Use the database’s built in limiting features. Some databases have a filter for full-text or scholarly journals.
Consider truncation. The symbol used is usually *.
AGRICULTUR* will retrieve:
Try using the database’s subject terms. Those are listed in the database’s thesaurus, or they may be listed near the article abstract.
Most libraries subscribe to various types of periodicals, such as scholarly (which may be peer-reviewed), popular, or trade publications. Choosing which to use depends on your topic, the type of writing you are doing, your assignment, and the sources your professor wants you to use. Many databases offer the option to limit to "Scholarly Journals" or "Peer Reviewed". If you're not sure if a journal is considered scholarly/peer-reviewed, check Ulrich's but looking up the title of the journal.
What is a peer-reviewed journal??
A scholarly journal is peer-reviewed when there is an editorial board that decides which articles should be included for publication. These journals are generally thought to be of the highest quality. To determine if a journal is peer reviewed, look for an editorial board in the early pages or on the journal's Web site.