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Workshop: Beyond Google--Intro to Library Database Searching

Getting Started

This guide is intended on showing you how to use journal databases to find scholarly articles for your research! Follow the steps below:
Science & Engineering journal databases (like IEEE Xplore, Scopus, and ScienceDirect) are great for finding research articles.

2. Identify search terms!

Think about your research question. Identify the key terms and its possible synonyms.

3. Create your search strategy!

In your chosen database's "Advanced Search" feature, insert your key terms (and synonyms) with appropriate boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and select fields (title, abstract, index terms, etc.).

4. Refine your search!

Look at your results and find a relevant article. What index terms do they use? Can you apply them to your search?
Check the references section in the article to find relevant articles. Find out other articles that have cited your relevant article.
Bibliographic management tools built into the database or EndNote can help you organize all those articles/citations.

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