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Searching for Articles Video Tutorial

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
  • If you find an article that isn't available through the library, you can Request a Copy or contact a librarian for assistance.

Generate a Citation

  • Many library databases have a built-in citation generator tool that quickly generates a citation
  • After clicking on the title of an article to see a more detailed view, look for a "Cite" button
    • For EBSCO databases (first screenshot), look on the right panel
    • For ProQuest databases (second screenshot), look in the top-right corner
  • After getting the citation, copy a Permalink to the article.
    • Permalinks are more stable than copying the URL bar in your browser and won't time out, ensuring you can return to the database page later