When you're looking at search results in a database you're going to see a few different ways to get to the full article, usually either...
Both of these will take you to the article (if we have access).
If you see the Access Options screen below, it means we don't have full-text access to the article. Try Google Scholar first to see if it's available for free. If not, click Request via Interlibrary Loan. We'll get the article for you from another library, usually within a few days.
Set up Google Scholar to link to Simmons Library and to connect to the full-text articles we subscribe to for you.
Identify good keywords to use in your search by thinking about the main ideas inherent in your topic.
Consider using synonyms of your keywords to help find even more information. For example, if you are looking for articles about the benefits of online education, you might use the keywords and synonyms below:
|Keywords||Synonyms 1||Synonyms 2|
|low back pain||lumbar
Searching for Keywords
Creating a grid like the one above can also help you enter your keywords when you're searching in the databases.
Put each distinct concept (online, education, and benefit) on a separate line with AND in between, which will only give you results that mention all three of these concepts.
Then add each set of synonyms to the same line and type the word "or" in between.
For the keywords in the example above, your search boxes would look something like this:
All articles in databases are tagged with subject headings, to describe what they're about and connect you to other articles about the same subject. Expand your search by clicking on one.
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