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Search by keywords and "short phrases". Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching.
Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases.
Use the database’s built in limiting features like Peer Review and Date.
Consider truncation. The symbol used is usually *.
AGRICULTUR* will retrieve: agriculture, agricultural
Consider synonyms in addition to the keywords you are searching in the databases.
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:
Start Your Research (SYR)
1. When searching for the full text of an article, start by searching the "title of an article" (enclosed in "quotation marks") in SYR.
Periodical List (PL)
2. If you're unable to locate the fulltext by searching the article title in SYR, next try searching the "journal title" in PL, which is a searchable list of print/online journals accessible through the University Libraries.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
3. If the Library does not have print/online access to a journal you need an article from, request a copy of the article via ILL.
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.
Have a lot of citations you want to enter in your works cited/references list? Try a citation manager.
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A citation management tool that enables you to:
- Organize your research Include citations while you write your paper
- Build a bibliography in a variety of formats
- Import references from library databases and Google Scholar.