- To search for articles on a topic, start by identifying relevant databases within your subject area.
- Databases are listed alphabetically by title as well as by subject. If you are unsure where to start, begin by browsing the databases in your subject area and select one that seems likely to contain information on your topic. You can also search across multiple library databases using Articles+. For more information, see What is Articles+?
- Once you have selected a database, enter your search term(s) into the search box. For best results, use AND to search for multiple keywords (e.g., television AND violence). Use OR to search for synonyms and related terms (e.g., sports OR athletics). Different databases have different features and methods of searching. For more information, click on the database Help button or ask a librarian for assistance.
- The database will retrieve a list of article records matching your search terms. These records typically include a citation indicating the author and title of the article, and the title, volume, date and page number of journal/magazine/newspaper in which the article appeared. Sometimes, an abstract, or summary, of the article is also provided.
- Once you identify the articles you wish to read, the next step is to locate the full text. In some cases, full text of the article will be available from the database you are using. If there is no link to full text within the database record, click on the Get it @ R button to find out if full text is available from some other database. If so, you will be taken directly to the full text. If not, you will see a menu with links for additional options. Use these links to either search the library catalog to see if the article is available in print from the Rutgers Libraries or to request an electronic copy of the article via interlibrary loan. For more information about interlibrary loan, see How do I order an interlibrary loan?
Finding Full Text
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