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Welcome! This tutorial will provide instructions on how to find different types of articles with Academic Search Complete, one of the Library's most popular databases.
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"Finding Articles in Academic Search Complete" was adapted from "Finding Articles (Research Roadmap)" by The University of Vermont Libraries.
Academic Search Complete is an excellent database for:
1. Look for Find in the main menu.
2. Click Databases A-Z.
3. From the list of databases, scroll down to Academic Search Complete or type it in the search box at the top of the page. When you click the link, it will open in a new window.
You should now see the Academic Search Complete search screen.
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Before we search, think about what kinds of sources you need. Do you need scholarly or popular? Articles or books? Historical information?
Different types of articles have different characteristics that make them appropriate for different kinds of research.
Knowing the type of sources you need in advance will determine how you search.
Let's take a look at the types of resources found in databases:
You can access each type of article in databases like Academic Search Complete.
Academic research normally requires you to use scholarly sources ... but you might also need popular or substantive, trade or professional sources.
Why might you use non-scholarly sources?
Let's search Academic Search Premier, using the topic of skepticism towards science.
A simple keyword search is a good way to quickly see what information is available.
1. Type the keywords science and skepticism OR scepticism into the first two fields why "OR"? why separate fields?
2. Click Search.How many results did you get? 0 1-1,000 1,001-10,000 10,001-100,000 More than 100,000
How many results did you get?
When we search for a broad topic, we can expect to get an overwhelming number of results - including many items that are not relevant to our search.
Databases like Academic Search Premier give us several options for improving our results.
First, let's make our query more specific by focusing on skepticism toward climate change among students.
Second, let's search only for scholarly articles.
How many results did you get for this improved search?
It's essential to scan at least the first page. In a database like Academic Search Complete, the best items might not be at the top.
Scan the titles for relevant articles. If a title looks interesting, hover on the abstract icon: .
This will help you decide whether an article would be useful for your research.
Scroll through the results until you find the article titled Overcoming skepticism with education: interacting influences...
Our research topic is skepticism toward climate change among students. Hover over the magnifying glass icon and read the abstract. Is this article an appropriate source for our topic?
Successful research usually involves multiple searches, adjusting your keywords and your search parameters each time until you find sources that are relevant, scholarly, and up to date.
If your search doesn't have the information you need, change the scope of your search by revising your keywords.
Also try searching for subject terms - these are keywords for categories of articles, similar to how hashtags work on social media.
Look again at Overcoming skepticism with education: interacting influences... We can see that this article's Subjects include SKEPTICISM.
Here's how we can make use of this:
Now we have an even smaller results set with a higher level of relevance to our topic.
Earlier in this tutorial, we noted that research databases sometimes contain published sources and sometimes contain citations - information about published sources. Academic Search Complete contains both.
When you find an article that you want to use, look for "full text" options.
If there is no full text, look for a Find It button.
If the Library does not have the article, it will guide you through the steps for requesting an interlibrary loan (ILL). (This is a free service provided by the Library, learn more about creating an account and submitting a request.)
If it is difficult to find appropriate sources in Academic Search Complete, you may need to broaden your search by using ALLsearch.
ALLsearch is a search engine that can help you find almost everything the library owns or has access to. In ALLsearch, you can search for books, articles, videos, and more.
It’s like the library’s version of Google.
Learn more by visiting the following tutorial, Finding Scholarly Sources.
Found an article that has the information you need? Great! The next step is reading the article - though you should read it strategically, beginning by scanning key sections like the introduction and conclusion.
If you want to save an article for later, there are several ways to do this in Academic Search Complete.
1. Click the title of the first article in your results list.
2. Find the right-side Tools column.
3. Find the E-mail feature: this allows you to email an article to yourself.
4. Now find the Permalink feature: this link allows you to return to this webpage whenever you want.
The Tools column has more options for saving your articles. Use the ones that work best for you!
Academic Search Complete and ALLsearch are multidisciplinary resources. They contain articles on most subjects and are excellent for starting your research and for working on interdisciplinary topics.
Once you have identified your topic and done some reading, you may be ready to delve deeper by using a subject database.
To find subject databases:
Let's go back to our topic of climate change skepticism. Which of these databases is the Suggested Starting Point for research on Environment topics?
Academic Search Complete is a valuable resource for finding scholarly information on a wide range of subjects. Hopefully, this guide was a helpful introduction and you feel confident in using this database.
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Academic Search Complete is a recommended resource for finding which kind of information?
It's important to use keywords when you use a database like Academic Search Complete. Which of these search queries uses keywords?
Look at the details of this scholarly article on gaming addiction. What is the name of the publication?
Which of these strategies should you use if your search results are not relevant to your topic?
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