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Finding Articles

The CCSF Libraries provides free access to newspaper, magazine and journal article databases.  Use these databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Search Strategies

  • Identify key concepts. Include only useful or relevant keywords in your search. 
  • Try synonyms and search Subject Terms, Subject Headings or Descriptors to maximize your search
  • Truncation tip: child* will return results for child, childhood and children.
  • Use Advanced Search to limit to document type, time period, material type, etc.
  • Refine results to just Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) journals

Boolean Logic

Refine your search by using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT):

AND narrows a search, though the AND is usually implied (i.e. tourette syndrome AND adolescent). This searches only for items containing both search terms.

OR expands or broadens a search (i.e. GMO OR genetically modified OR transgenic). This searches for either term thus widening the possibilities. This is good for searching using synonyms.

NOT excludes specific terms (i.e. healthy weight gain NOT pregnancy). This would be useful if you wanted to find info about healthy weight gain not related to pregnancy.

Search STrategy

 

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