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5. Finding Articles: How can you search for articles?


Most article databases make use of Boolean operators, limiters, and subject terms.  Using these allows you to be very precise in your searching.

Since an article database tends to have much less content than the open web, you should start out with some fewer terms than you would use in a web search engine, like Google or Yahoo!.

Below are some search strategies you may want to use when searching (note - the availability of these will vary between databases).  See the tutorials and movies on the side menu for more tips and examples.

Boolean operators
Subject Terms
Specify a field
Other common options (more advanced)

Movie Time!

View a video on searching Academic Search Complete, a general article databases.

Movie Time!

View a video on searching Google Scholar, a free general article databases.


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