Search by keywords/small phrases and use Boolean searching.
AND: reading AND motivat*
OR: "phonemic awareness" OR "phonological awareness"
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.
Check Subject terms to see if there are any synonym terms to consider.
If you come across a citation to an article and you'd like to track down its full text, follow the steps below:
Periodical List: Enter "Journal Title"
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.