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Step 1: Determine the type of article you need
- Journals–A publication, issued on a predictable schedule, that contains scholarly articles written by researchers and for researchers in a subject area.
- Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed journals)– Scholarly journals that only publish articles which have been reviewed by scholars in the field of interest.
- Magazines–A publication, issued on a predictable schedule, that is intended for the general public.
Step 2: Create a search strategy
- Select keywords–Select terms that describe the main concepts of your topic. Include synonyms.
- Use Boolean operators–combine your keywords using AND and OR
- AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words
- OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the words
- Use quotation marks to search for phrases
- Use parentheses to indicate search order--Search statements within parentheses are performed first.
- Example: For search topic-- What is the effect of dark chocolate on health?
Use Search strategy: "dark chocolate" and (health or wellness)
Step 3: Search a database
The following multidisciplinary databases are good starting places:
Step 4: Find full-text of the article
- Click on the Find It @MU icon, , found in most of our databases to see if full-text is available.