Having trouble using Library databases to find what you need? See below for tips to improve your searches and help to quickly find relevant resources.
Filtering and Limiting Results
On the results page, pay attention to the total number of results
If you have many results (for example, ~10,000 or more), you can remove the kinds of results that don't match your search using the options on the left panel of the screen
Use the Source Type field to show only certain kinds of materials, such as Academic/Scholarly articles or Trade Journal articles
Use the Publication Date to limit to a specific date range, such as only articles published within the last five years
Use Subject Terms
You will often see a list of Subjects under articles on the results page
Subjects act like tags, allowing the database to organize articles by general topics. By searching with those words -- possibly synonyms to your original keywords -- you'll have a better chance of finding relevant sources.
For example, in the image below, the database lists "Telecommuting" as a subject term. You might consider substituting it for the original search term, "remote work," to expand your results.
Keep in mind, each database may list different Subject terms.
For example, one database might refer to remote work as "Telecommuting" while another might use "Work at home"
Pay attention to these differences and use them to your advantage
Use Reference Pages
When you find a relevant article -- before going back to searching -- look at the article's works cited page or bibliography to see a list of the articles the author(s) used to write the paper
Chances are, if the original paper is relevant to you, the articles referenced by the authors will also be relevant.
To quickly check if you have access to any of the references, copy and paste the title into OneSearch