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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.

Finding Full Text

On the Library Homepage you can search the "title of an article" (enclosed in "quotation marks") in Start Your Research.
Periodical List is the search page to use when you need to know if the Library has print and/or online access to a journal.  If the Library does not have print/online access to a journal you need an article from, request a copy of the article via Interlibrary Loan/ILL.

 Enter "Journal Title" in quotes

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.

► Not every journal is available in both Print/Microform as well as Online ◄