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If you’re using a database like Sociological Abstracts,
you will only get a short summary of each article (the Abstract); not the full-text.
Click the “Check Here For
Full-Text” link on the page to find out whether one of our other databases
has it, or if we have another format for this information (print, microfilm,
Important things to remember when looking for
a search strategy before you start, by writing a
one-sentence description of your topic.
Pick out 2 or 3 key terms, then find similar or related terms and
write them down.
the article isn’t full-text, look for a link to Check Here for Full-Text to find out if we have
another copy of it available (online, in print, microfiche).
under Journals & Periodicals link on the Library page for
the journal title.
- If the
Library does not subscribe to the journal, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.
Note that this is not instantaneous, so give yourself enough lead
time to get the article before your project is due.
you find an interesting article, make sure you get the citation
information! Write down
this information so that you (and your professor) can find the article,
Try the Thesaurus
Need More Specific Results?
Sometimes keywords that worked well in one database won’t be
as effective in another. If you find
that your results are a bit scattered, try using that database’s
terminology: the Thesaurus or Subject Terms
link. Many databases have a list of
designated words that are used to summarize a topic, but they may not be
obvious to you.
Truncation Finds Multiple Word Forms
The asterisk (*) is usually used, to search words with the
Sociolog* = Sociology, Sociological, Sociologist(s), etc.
(usually a ‘?’) replace a single letter:
Wom?n = Woman, Women