Databases might have different interfaces but they have similar functionality:
AND Use AND between search terms to narrow a search by including more than one concept, e.g. teen AND pregnancy
OR Use OR between search terms to broaden a search by including synonyms for a concept, e.g. (teen OR adolescent)
" " Use quotation marks to search for a phrase, in the exact order you type it, e.g. “health care reform”.
* Use an asterisk to search for multiple versions of a word, e.g. obes* will allow you to search for obesity and obese.
() Use parentheses when you are using synonyms (see OR above).
1. Citation Linker can help you find out if the library has a full-text online copy of a specific journal article. Enter as much of the following information as possible, and Citation Linker will search our databases to see if we have a copy of the article:
2. If the library has the full text online, you will see a link to the appropriate database.
3. If we only have the article in print, you will see a link to COAST for the location in the library of the print copy.
4. If we have neither, you will see a link for BeachReach. Request the article through BeachReach and we will get it from another library (no charge) and email it to you, usually within 24 hours to 48 hours.
This guide was created by Spring 2011 library intern Katia Karadjova.