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Articles are published in journals, magazines, and newspapers that are indexed in a variety of online databases. Since no single database provides access to every article ever published, you may need to search multiple databases to find what you are looking for. See Indexes and Databases to browse databases by title or subject.
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For best results, break your topic or research question into 2 or 3 key concepts that can be used as keywords.
Topic Keywords Does exposure to violent media adversely affect human behavior? violence, media, behavior Does soft drink consumption increase the risk of obesity in children? soft drinks, obesity, children How does class size impact academic achievement? class size, academic achievement
Use search operators (AND, OR, NOT) to define relationships between your search terms and create complex queries.
Use AND to search for multiple keywords.
media AND violence finds articles that contain both media and violence
Use OR to search for synonyms or related terms.
children OR adolescents finds results that contain either children or adolescents
Use NOT to exclude terms from your results.
dolphins NOT football finds results that contain dolphins but not football
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