Academic Search Complete Database in 3 Minutes

Academic Search Complete Database in 3 Minutes


Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary database that addresses a variety of subjects areas. To find articles, you can type your search terms in the basic search box, however the Advanced Search option will give the greastest control over your results. Under the Limit Your Results section, you can specify to search for only Peer Reviewed or Full Text articles. Check the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals box to view only articles that have been evaluated by subject experts before they were published. Make sure to check the full text box before searching. This will guarantee that all articles retrived can be accessed. The Advanced Search screen contains multiple search bars to allow you to enter more than one term at a time. You can refine your search using the fields in the dropdown menu. All Text searches for the terms in the article’s title, abstract in full text you can also limit
abstract, and full text. You can also limit to a particular author or title. The Subject terms field will find items described with standardized terms that identify the item’s content. For this tutorial, we will not select a specific field. Click on Search to see your results. This search retrieved 126 results. You can refine the search results by using the options in the left column. Check or uncheck Full Text, References Available, or Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. Publication date refers to the year the work was published. You can type in a date range or use the slider to adjust the years. Source Types refers to the format the work was published in. For this search, you can limit to Academic Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, or Book Reviews. A graphic representing the source type of the item is located to the left of the entry. The title of the item is located at the top of each entry with the citation information underneath. Click on the article’s title to view more details, helpful tools, and its full text. On the detailed record, you can also find the citation information. The Subject Terms can help you find articles that are related to the same topic. These terms can also be used to help refine your search. The Abstract provides a summary of the article’s content. This introduces the scope, thesis, and relevancy of the article. Using the tools in the right hand column, you can print, e-mail, or save.The cite tool will provide you with an example citation. It’s recommended to compare this example with an official citation guide. Access all available versions of the article in the left hand column. PDF versions are a scan of the original article and will include any images and page
numbers.

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