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Science Education: Journal Articles

Finding Journal Articles at CSULB

  1. Choose which database to use
  2. Break search into keywords-think of as many words as you can that might appear in articles on your topic
  3. Search key terms using ANDOR, andTruncation *
  4. Use limiters - academic research requires scholarly OR peer-reviewed articles and use other limiters such as publication year to refine your results.
  5. Review the Abstracts - decide which articles are relevant to your research by looking at titles and abstracts (short summaries of the articles) in the database citation.

 

Not getting enough? Getting too many?

Getting not enough or no results? (HOW TO BROADEN YOUR SEARCH AND GET MORE)
1. Check spelling
2. Check which field it is searching (topic, author, etc.)
3. Use less key words (get less specific)
4. Use more "OR's" (common name, synonyms)
5. Truncation broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings of your search term.  ​
Enter the root of a word and put the truncation symbol at the end.  The database will return results that include any ending of that root word.
Examples:  
genetic* = genetic, genetics, genetically 
Stoma* = stomata, stomatal​
6. Try another database
Getting too many results? (HOW TO NARROW YOUR SEARCH AND GET LESS)​
1. Add more concepts / keywords (get more specific)
2. Use more limiters (years, peer-reviewed only, etc.)

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