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Distance Education Services and Research Assistance: Strategies for Searching

This guide will provide information about library services and research assistance for students in Texas State University classes at a distance

How to Search

Search by keywords and small phrases.

Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching:


    internet AND teenagers all words must appear in the result list
    teenagers OR adolescents
    either word may appear in the results.
    attention NOT deficit 
     must mention the term "attention", but excludes 
    items with the word "deficit"

    Note:  some databases use AND NOT rather than NOT
    and Google Scholar uses the minus (-) sign
    Use "quotation marks" to search for phrases. 

    Consider truncation. The asterisk (*) symbol is used most often

    math* will search for all forms of the root: math, mathematics, mathematician, mathematical, mathematic, etc.

    Try using database Subject or descriptor terms. Those are listed in the database’s thesaurus, or they may be listed near the article abstract. These can be useful for learning the preferred vocabulary of a discipline.

    Periodical List Search

    Periodical List is the search page to use when you need to know if the Library has print and/or online access to a journal.  If the Library does not have print/online access to a journal you need an article from, request a copy of the article via Interlibrary Loan/ILL.

    Enter Journal Title:

    Google Scholar

    Google Scholar can be a useful tool when collecting research information. Accessing Google Scholar from the Library website page will link to the subscription sources available to you as a Texas State Student. If you do not use the library link for off campus access, you won't be able to access library-subscribed content. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your TxState NetID to search Google Scholar.