My article isn’t available in full-text!
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, microfiche, etc.).
When 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, again.
Many databases offer the option to email a link to yourself, you can use citation management tool to keep track of your citations, or you can even save the full article in many cases.
Either of these options will make life a lot easier when it comes time to write your final paper.
Truncation Finds Multiple Word Forms
The asterisk (*) is usually used, to search words with the same root:
Sociolog* = Sociology, Sociological, Sociologist(s), etc.
Wildcard symbols (usually a ‘?’) replace a single letter:
Wom?n = Woman, Women
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.