First select a database from the list on the left
- Before you start your research, try focusing your topic by writing a one sentence research question. For example:
- What is the legacy of French colonialism in Vietnam?
- Identify the main ideas in your research question.
- French (or France)
- Use an asterisk to find variations of a word, for example colonial* will retrieve colonial and colonialism
- Use synonyms or related terms (colonialism or imperialism)
- Use quotes around a phrase
- Then, enter your keywords in the database search boxes. Separate synonyms/related terms with the OR connector.
- Limit your search to "Peer Reviewed (Scholarly) Journals" if this optiion is available.
Getting the full-text of database articles:
1. If the database you are using has the full-text article, just click on the link (pdf or htmil).
2. If the full-text is not available, click on Find It@SCU Libraries:
- Is the article available in another database (e.g., Wilson OmniFile, JSTOR)? If so, click on the link and follow the citation information (e.g., volume, issue, date of publication, etc.)
- Does the library have this journal in print? Go to the OSCAR record and request the issue you need from the ARS.
- If the library doesn't have access to the full-text of the article, you will be offered the option of ordering it through the interlibrary loan service (which is free).