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Instruction Videos: Finding Scholarly Articles

Users can learn to use library resources by watching screening videos about various topics.


-All the databases can be found by visiting “Article and Database Search

-Academic Search Premier is the first one under “Favorites”.

- Databases don’t use the same language as we do in Google. In order to retrieve the best results, we need to use “keywords”, which are the best words to describe your topic, and the connector “and” to combine the keywords. Let me show you an example.

- I choose these two keywords, or in this case key phrases to look for articles talking about the relationship between health care reform and low income families.

- Browse the search results and find out the items you’re interested in.

- At the same time, there are some ways you can narrow down.

- “Full-text”, when you only want readable articles instead of the citations. FYI, librarians are more than happy to help you inter-library loan the item when you cannot find the full text.

- “Scholarly (Peer-review) journals” are the articles written by experts in a specific field and reviewed by other experts before they are published. They are usually considered to be reliable and trustworthy.

-You can also drag to change the publication date, it is especially important for science-related fields.

- Let’s update and see!

- This time, I got fewer but more relevant results.

- How do you read and use an article? Suppose we’re interested in No.3.

- By clicking on the title, you can see information like authors, source, and volume and issue number.

- But more importantly, you should see the “Abstract”. An abstract is a brief summary of research articles and is often used to help the reader quickly understand the paper’s purpose. But it cannot be used for citation.

- If you need to read the article, find either the pdf or the html link on the top left.

- There are other functions to help you save this item and they are located on the right.

- Don’t know how to cite? Click on the “cite” link and the database will automatically generate different citation formats. I saved tons of time by using this function.

- These citations may not be 100% accurate. So we strongly recommend that you double check with the handbook or talk to the writing center consultants.

- That’s all that I want to tell you. Are you ready to start searching?

How to search for scholarly articles in Academic Search Premier