Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching.
AND: "asian american*" AND identity
OR: hispanic* OR "mexican american*"
Use "quotation marks" to search for phrases: "adult development"
Consider truncation. The symbol used is usually *.
ADULT* will retrieve: adult, adulthood, adults, etc.
Remember to check database Subject terms for synonym words/phrases.
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.
Libraries subscribe to various types of periodicals, such as scholarly (some of which may be peer-reviewed, blind peer-reviewed, editorial review) popular, or trade publications. Choosing which to use depends on your topic, the type of writing you are doing, your assignment, and the sources your professor wants you to use. Many databases offer the option to limit to "Peer Reviewed". If you're not sure if a journal is considered scholarly/peer-reviewed, check Ulrich's by looking up the title of the journal.
What is a peer-reviewed journal?
A scholarly/academic journal is peer-reviewed when manuscripts are sent to experts, sometimes anonymously (blind peer-reviewed), in the related field. They make recommendations to editor for publication, rejection or revision. These journals are generally thought to be of the highest quality.