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:
Enter your search term here. Use the * as your wildcard, or truncation symbol, to get the most results
Now, try the search using the subject term
Use subject terms displayed here to narrow your search
The subject thesaurus also may 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)
Besides using search terms, you may limit your results by date and/or by peer reviewed journals. Click on the Refine Search tab
Article #10 and #11 are available in full text Click on the title of this article to view the expanded citation
Expanded citation clearly labels the key elements: article title, author(s), and on the SOURCE line, journal title, issue, date, volume, issue number, and pages Abstract provides details on contents of the article You can print, email or save an individual article to a folder for later use
The article may be printed or emailed after viewing the full text.
Not all articles show full-text links. Check journal title to see if an article is available online .
Click here to get the full-text article
Click on the link where 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.
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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 email@example.com.