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Distance Education Services: Strategies for Searching

This guide will provide information about library services and research assistance for students in Texas State University classes at a distance

Search Tips

Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching.

AND: "adult education" AND programs
OR:  "adult education" OR "adult learning"
NOT: "adult education" NOT "basic education"

Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases: "adult education"

Use the database’s built in limiting features. Some databases have a filter for full-text or scholarly journals. 

Consider truncation. The symbol used is usually *.

"ADULT LEARN*" will retrieve: 
adult learningadult learner, adult learners

Remember to check database Subject terms for synonym words/phrases.

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:

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. 

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 (refers to Desktop EndNote)