USING THE ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER DATABASE A Basic Search Guide Lamson Library Plymouth State University
Why use Academic Search Premier?• Academic Search Premier is a comprehensive database that covers all disciplines. It searches the contents of thousands of articles in magazines, journals and newspapers.• It is the best database to use for beginning most research topics.• It provides access to peer-reviewed journals in all academic disciplines.• Many articles are FULL TEXT.
Setting up the Search• State your research question or thesis.• Example: How does the general public view people who have tattoos or body art?• Identify key search terms: • Body art • Tattoos • Social aspects
Enter your search term here. Use the * as your wildcard, ortruncation symbol, to get the most results
Use subject terms displayed here tonarrow your search
The subject thesaurus alsomay suggest other terms to use in your search.
Now, try this search with the terms you found. For more results, use the keyword default (SELECT A FIELD)
Click on the Refine Search tabBesides using search terms, you may limit your results by date and/or by peer reviewed journals.
Click on the titleof this article to view the expanded citationArticle #10and #11 areavailable in full text
You can print, email or save an individual article to a folder for later use Expanded citation clearly labels the key elements: article title, author(s), and on theAbstract provides SOURCE line, journal details on title, issue, date, volume, contents of the issue number, and pages article
The article may beprinted or emailed after viewing the full text.
Not all articles show full-text links. Checkjournal title tosee if an article is available online.
Click on the linkwhere the date of your article is located.
Document Delivery (ILL)• Free service offered to all PSU students, faculty and staff.• Students may request journal articles and books not owned by Lamson Library within the building or through full-text services.• Articles will be mailed directly to the address provided in your request• Plan ahead! It may take up to two weeks for the delivery of your requested material.
Ask a Librarian• Reference Librarians are available to answer any questions you may have.• Email us through the “Ask a Librarian” link on the library website.• Call us at 535-2455.• Chat with us between 11 am and 3 pm daily during regular semesters.• Still need help? Call or email Anne Kulig at 535- 2833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.