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POSI 5340: Balanoff: Finding Articles

This guide was created for Dr. Howard Balanoff's POSI 5340: Problems in American Public Policy class.

How to Search

Search by keywords and small phrases.

Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching:


internet AND teenagers all words must appear in the result list
teenagers OR adolescents
either word may appear in the results.

  internet NOT "social network" 
  must mention the term "internet", but excludes 
items with the phrase "social network"

Note:  some databases use AND NOT rather than NOT
and Google Scholar uses the minus (-) sign
Use "quotation marks" to search for phrases.

Use the database’s "help" feature to find the syntax for advanced searches. This varies by database

Consider truncation. The asterisk (*) symbol is used most often

adolescen* will search for all forms of the root, adolesence, adolescent, adolescents 

Try using database Subject or descriptor terms. Those are listed in the database’s thesaurus, or they may be listed near the article abstract. These can be useful for learning the preferred vocabulary of a discipline.

Anthony Guardado, Head RRC Librarian

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Anthony Guardado


Texas State University
Round Rock Campus
Avery 255A

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a useful tool when collecting research information. Accessing Google Scholar from the Library website page will link to the subscription sources available to you as a Texas State Student. If you do not use the library link for off campus access, you won't be able to access library-subscribed content. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your TxState NetID to search Google Scholar.