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HIST 4341 - Tabit - Spring 2023: Find Articles

Creating Precise Searches

TIME!  There isn't enough of it.  Save time by creating precise searches.  This tutorial shows you how to do it.

Select Databases

Full Text of Articles

If there is a Full Text box, do NOT put a check mark in the box.  All of our databases and electronic journals are linked together. 

If there is no PDF or HTML full-text, click the Check Other UIW Resources link.  If the text is available in another database, a link is provided.

If the article is not available in another database, consider requesting it through interlibrary loan.  This is a FREE service.

Whenever you find an article that looks interesting, e-mail and/or save it.  

Quick Search Tips

Search for all versions of a root word by using a truncation symbol (most often an asterisk) - for example:

librar* retrieves library, libraries, librarian, librarians

Search for phrases by enclosing the phrase in quotation marks - for example:

"civil war" retrieves the phrase civil war.  It will not differentiate between the U.S. Civil War or those in other countries

Use the database thesaurus if one is present - it can be called thesaurus, subject headings, subject terms, etc.


Google Scholar

Google Scholar can locate relevant articles on your topic.  It can also tell you how many times the article has been cited - this can lead you to more recent articles that may be of interest.

In this example, I searched for Abraham Maslow's article "A Theory of Human Motivation" (describes what is now known as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs).  More than 43,000 articles cite Maslow's article.

Google Scholar citation for article by Abraham Maslow.

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