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Database Search Tips
Always use the advanced search interface and some combination of the following techniques to increase the effectiveness of your searches:
||What It Does
||Searches for exact phrase
|Truncation (usually an *)
||Searches for all forms of a word
|Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
||Lets you broaden or narrow your search
|Database thesaurus or index
||Allows you to pinpoint the exact indexing terms the database uses
Example of a Database Search
Use subject databases (like Historical Abstracts) to identify scholarly journal articles. Then use Primo Journal Search to find out if the library has access--either electronically or in paper/microform format--to the article you need.
If Collins Library does not provide access, you can use Tipasa, the online interlibrary loan request system, to obtain the article.
Use full text databases (like JSTOR) to search, but don't limit yourself to them. They offer great convenience and the power of full text searching; but they do not cover as wide a variety of publications, and may not be able to search recent publications.
World history, excluding the United States and Canada. Scope of historical coverage is 1450 to the present;article citations date from 1955.
An interdisciplinary journal archive. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
Political Science Complete
Provides full text, and indexing and abstracts, for many journal titles with a worldwide focus reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. The database also features full-text reference books and monographs, and full-text conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.