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SOWK 3420: Social Work Practice: Finding Articles

Social Work Practice

Search Tips

Search by keywords and small phrases.

Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching. What's Boolean?

AND: counsel* AND "cultural* sensitiv*"
OR: teenagers OR youth

NOT

Use "quotation marks" to search for whole phrases. 

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 *.

COUNSEL* will retrieve: 
counsel, counseling, counselling, counselor, etc.
 

Check Subject terms to see if there are any synonym terms to consider.

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