No access to a PDF or to the full text? Look for the link in the database to see if we have access to the article via another source. If full text is available you will see a link to the 'Article'.
No online access? Search the library catalogue for printed material. Select Periodical or Serial in the library catalogue results.
In the previous section you looked at breaking your topic down into keywords. In this section we'll look at how to combine these words in a database search.
Most databases use AND / OR / NOT to structure a search.
OR expands search results = more results e.g. teenager OR youth
AND limits search results = less results e.g. teenager AND youth
NOT (or AND NOT) limits search results e.g. teenager NOT youth
Use these useful tips to make your search more effective;
Phrase searching - use quotation marks around a group of words to mean a phrase, e.g.: "age discrimination".
Wildcards - (symbols e.g. * ?). These represent ways of finding different variations and spellings, e.g.:
Alternative spellings - try both or use wildcards as above, e.g.:
Some words / phrases can appear with or without hyphens, e.g. multi-media or multimedia.
Limit your search - limit by date, language, format or type of publication, only subscribed resources, etc.