Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching.
AND: "adult education" AND programs
OR: "adult education" OR "adult learning"
NOT: "adult education" NOT "basic education"
Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases: "adult education"
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 *.
"ADULT LEARN*" will retrieve:
adult learning, adult learner, adult learners
Remember to check database Subject terms for synonym words/phrases.
Most libraries subscribe to various types of periodicals, such as scholarly (some of which may be peer-reviewed, blind peer-reviewed, editorial review) 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 scholary/peer-reviewed, check Ulrich's by looking up the title of the journal.
What is a peer-reviewed journal?
A scholarly journal is peer-reviewed when mauscripts are sent to experts, sometimes anonymously (blind peer-reviewed), in the related field. They make recommendations to editor for publication, rejection or revision. These journals are generally thought to be of the highest quality.