Follow the Get It! link or button in most databases to:
● access full text online
● check print holdings of the journal
● request an article PDF via Document Delivery/ILLiad
If you already have a citation, use the Citation Linker to search for your article.
5 tips for planning your search strategy:
1. Brainstorm important terms, concepts, synonyms, and jargon to use as search keywords to describe your topic.
2. Use key topic terms for your search. Examples of words that ineffectively limit your search: effect, cause, pros and cons, increase, decrease.
3. Personalize your results with advanced options or filters including peer-reviewed, full text online, recently published articles, or articles from a particular journal.
4. Certain symbols in your search terms will expand or limit your search results.
a. Place an asterisk after the root of a search term, for example: teen* finds the words teen, teens, teenage, teenager, etc.
b. Use quotation marks around words to search for an exact phrase, for example: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
5. Databases index by subject terms, allowing users to view predefined words that are accepted by the database. This controlled vocabulary helps you find information even if you don’t know the proper search terms.
The databases listed here cover subjects in the sciences: chemistry, natural history - biology, botany, and others.
The databases listed here focus on subjects in the humanities: art, architecture, history, and more.