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ED 7318: Adult Learning: Finding Articles | Search Tips

Search Tips

Search by keywords/small phrases and use Boolean searching.

AND: reading AND motivat*

OR: "adult education" OR "adult learn*"

Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases > "adult learners"

Use the database’s built in limiting features like Date and Peer-reviewed.

Consider truncation. The symbol used is usually *. read* will retrieve: read, reading, reader, etc.

Check Subject terms to see if there are any synonym terms to consider.

Searching for Full Text

If you come across a citation to an article and you'd like to track down its full text, follow the steps below:

The example below shows that The Journal of Continuing Higher Education is accessible in print/microform as well as online. The entry also shows coverage dates to indicate which years are accessible. 

Google Scholar


Google Scholar can be a useful tool when collecting research information. Settings can be updated to display:

Library Links - FindIt@Txstate
Bibliography Manager - EndNote (for Desktop EndNote)

***For EndNote Web, under Downloads, use Capture Reference.