Search by keywords/small phrases and use Boolean searching.
AND: reading AND motivat*
OR: "developmental programs" OR "developmental education" OR "developmental studies" OR remedia*
Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases > "alphabetic principle"
Use the database’s built in limiting features. Some databases have a filter for full-text and/or peer-reviewed journals.
Consider truncation. The symbol used is usually *. read* will retrieve: read, reading, reader, etc.
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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.
J-CASP: Journal of College Academic Support Programs
Spann, Milton G. The Annotated Bibliography of Major Journals in Developmental Education. Boone, NC: National Center for Developmental Education, Appalachian State University, c1998.