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Secret techniques for Searching Article Databases
Secret techniques for Searching Article Databases

Secret techniques for Searching Article Databases

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Tip 1: Phrase searching

Have you ever searched for the phrase America the Beautiful in an article database before? I know I have. It was a good thing I knew to put quote marks around words I want to show up together. This works in many of our databases including Academic Search Complete, Web of Science, PsycInfo, and even Google Scholar.

sample: "america the beautiful"

Tip 2: Truncation (for plurals and more)

I could spend extra time doing searches for minority or minorities, or I can use the * to make sure that both terms come up in my results. ACS and PsycInfo do this automatically, but Web of Science does not.

sample: minorit*

Tip 3: Boolean (And, Or, Not)

Use and between words to get both words (often done automatically), or to get either, and not to get one, but not the other.

Sample:
philadelphia and eagles
(philadelphia or pennsylvania) and eagles
((philadelphia or pennsylvania) and eagles) not football

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