How do I…
…find articles
Why use articles?
 Provide up-to-date information
 Deal with current topics → the latest
research, theories, interpretat...
The Library subscribes to many databases
which provide access to
thousands of online magazines,
journals, newspapers & sim...
Databases allow you to search several
publications at once…
…so your searching is faster and more efficient
than browsing ...
Many articles are available in their
entirety through these databases.
Some articles are available in print
or microform f...
What’s the difference between
a journal and a magazine?
Magazine Articles
 General-interest
 Not scholarly
 Written by reporters, feature
editors
 Wide audience
 Usually < 5...
Journal Articles
 Scholarly
 Written by subject experts
 Report on original research
 Specific audience
 Usually > 5 ...
Journals vs. Magazines
In college and university you are often
expected to use “scholarly” sources
of information.
Scholar...
What does
“peer-reviewed” mean?
Peer-reviewed articles…
 Have been critically evaluated by subject
experts.
 Must meet high academic standards
before be...
When you use peer-reviewed articles,
you know you have the most reliable
scholarly information published!
Tip: Some journa...
OK,
how do I FIND articles
in the Library?
To find articles on any topic…
You search online,
through the Library website
www.eclibrary.ca
Library Website www.eclibrary.ca
Click on E-Resources
Select a subject
related to your
topic, or choose
“General”.
General databases include articles
on a variety of topics…
Examples:
Academic Search Premier
Vocational Studies Complete
C...
Subject-specific databases provide more
in-depth coverage of topics…
Examples:
Historical Abstracts
Proquest Nursing & All...
For the best search results:
 Start with a subject-specific database.
 Try searching more than one database.
Read the descriptions
to help you select a
database suitable for
your topic.
Designing Your Search
First of all, identify the main concepts of your topic.
Video games
Adolescents
Behaviour
“The effect of video games on ad...
Video games, adolescents and behaviour
are called “keywords”.
 Keywords are single words or short
phrases that represent ...
Next, think of other ways to express these
topic keywords, including:
 Synonyms
 Related words
 Other forms of your key...
Make a list of your keywords.
Topic Keywords Alternate Keywords
Video games
Electronic games, computer games
Teenagers
Tee...
Searching for Articles in Academic Search Premier
Tip: When using more than one keyword or phrase,
join them with “and”.
Look at your search results.
Results not relevant to your topic?
Try a new search using different terms or
a different database.
Not enough articles?
Y...
Narrowing Your Search
Try one or more of the following:
 Use a more specific search term.
 Add another search term.
 Cl...
Using the more specific term “teenage boys”,
instead of “teenagers”, narrows our search.
Adding another search term gives fewer,
more relevant results.
Clicking on a Subject adds that term to our
search and focuses our results.
You can also limit your search results to
those from Academic Journals only.
Broadening Your Search
Try one or more of the following:
o Combine variations of your search terms
with “OR”.
o Use a broa...
This search using “OR” will find articles using the
word “teenagers” as well as articles using the
word “adolescents”
Here we’ve widened the scope of our search from
teenagers to children.
Here we’ve broadened our search and retrieved
more results by taking out a search term.
Results not relevant to your topic?
Try one or more of the following:
 Synonyms, different spellings, or other words
rela...
Here we’ve used a related term, “aggression”, instead
of violence”, to retrieve more relevant results.
If you’ve been searching a
general database,
you may find more relevant articles
in a subject-specific database
appropriat...
Find other search strategies by clicking
on the Help or Tips links in the
database you are using.
Once you have a manageable
number of relevant articles,
take a closer look at your results.
Tip: The abstract is a summary of the article.
To find out more about an article, hold your
cursor over the article previe...
To get the full article, look for a full text link.
If there is no full text link, click on
If the article is available in another database,
will link you to it.
Click on to
get the article.
will also tell you if t...
If you click on and see the message
it means the full article is not available
in any format in the Library.
You can reque...
Remember to keep records of all the articles
you use for information.
 This will help if you want to find them again
late...
Most databases allow you to:
 Print articles
 Save articles to your computer or a USB key
 Email articles to yourself
...
Another Way to Find Articles
If you’ve found a good article, look at the references
to see what sources the author cited.
...
How do I find an article when all I have is a citation?
Sample citation:
Sheppard, George. 2000. "The Iroquois in the War ...
First, look up the publication in Journals by Title.
Enter the title of the publication provided
in the citation.
Journals by Title will tell you:
 if the Library has the publication,
 what format it is in, and
 the volumes and dates...
Journals by Title can also be used to
find out if the Library has access to a
specific journal, magazine or
newspaper.
Want to access E-Resources from off-campus?
Nipissing:
Username = WebAdvisor ID
Password = WebAdvisor password
Canadore:
U...
We’re here to help!
If you need any assistance in the Library please
come to the Info Desk!
You can also contact us at:
o ...
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How Do I Find Articles?

  1. 1. How do I… …find articles
  2. 2. Why use articles?  Provide up-to-date information  Deal with current topics → the latest research, theories, interpretations, news, products, trends  Most have a specific focus  May reflect different viewpoints
  3. 3. The Library subscribes to many databases which provide access to thousands of online magazines, journals, newspapers & similar publications.
  4. 4. Databases allow you to search several publications at once… …so your searching is faster and more efficient than browsing one publication at a time!
  5. 5. Many articles are available in their entirety through these databases. Some articles are available in print or microform formats.
  6. 6. What’s the difference between a journal and a magazine?
  7. 7. Magazine Articles  General-interest  Not scholarly  Written by reporters, feature editors  Wide audience  Usually < 5 pages  No abstracts or references  Glossy, with pictures  Advertisements
  8. 8. Journal Articles  Scholarly  Written by subject experts  Report on original research  Specific audience  Usually > 5 pages  Include abstracts  References  Usually no pictures  No advertisements
  9. 9. Journals vs. Magazines In college and university you are often expected to use “scholarly” sources of information. Scholarly articles are found in journals. Tip: Scholarly journals are sometimes called “academic” journals.
  10. 10. What does “peer-reviewed” mean?
  11. 11. Peer-reviewed articles…  Have been critically evaluated by subject experts.  Must meet high academic standards before being accepted for publication in scholarly journals.
  12. 12. When you use peer-reviewed articles, you know you have the most reliable scholarly information published! Tip: Some journals use the term “refereed” instead of “peer-reviewed”.
  13. 13. OK, how do I FIND articles in the Library?
  14. 14. To find articles on any topic… You search online, through the Library website www.eclibrary.ca
  15. 15. Library Website www.eclibrary.ca Click on E-Resources
  16. 16. Select a subject related to your topic, or choose “General”.
  17. 17. General databases include articles on a variety of topics… Examples: Academic Search Premier Vocational Studies Complete CBCA Complete CPI.Q. Canadian Periodicals Canadian Newsstand
  18. 18. Subject-specific databases provide more in-depth coverage of topics… Examples: Historical Abstracts Proquest Nursing & Allied Health CBCA Business Art Full Text PsycINFO
  19. 19. For the best search results:  Start with a subject-specific database.  Try searching more than one database.
  20. 20. Read the descriptions to help you select a database suitable for your topic.
  21. 21. Designing Your Search
  22. 22. First of all, identify the main concepts of your topic. Video games Adolescents Behaviour “The effect of video games on adolescent behaviour”
  23. 23. Video games, adolescents and behaviour are called “keywords”.  Keywords are single words or short phrases that represent concrete ideas.  Keywords are what you use to search for articles.
  24. 24. Next, think of other ways to express these topic keywords, including:  Synonyms  Related words  Other forms of your keywords, such as alternate spellings, plural vs. singular, etc.
  25. 25. Make a list of your keywords. Topic Keywords Alternate Keywords Video games Electronic games, computer games Teenagers Teen(s), teenage, adolescent(s), adolescence, youth(s) Narrower terms – girl(s), boy(s) Broader terms – child, children Behaviour Behavior Narrower terms - violence, aggressiveness, aggression, fighting, bullying
  26. 26. Searching for Articles in Academic Search Premier Tip: When using more than one keyword or phrase, join them with “and”.
  27. 27. Look at your search results.
  28. 28. Results not relevant to your topic? Try a new search using different terms or a different database. Not enough articles? Your search terms or your topic might be too specific. Try to broaden your search. Too many articles? You need to narrow your search to give it a more specific focus.
  29. 29. Narrowing Your Search Try one or more of the following:  Use a more specific search term.  Add another search term.  Click on a subject heading.  Select a publication type, such as academic (scholarly) journals.
  30. 30. Using the more specific term “teenage boys”, instead of “teenagers”, narrows our search.
  31. 31. Adding another search term gives fewer, more relevant results.
  32. 32. Clicking on a Subject adds that term to our search and focuses our results.
  33. 33. You can also limit your search results to those from Academic Journals only.
  34. 34. Broadening Your Search Try one or more of the following: o Combine variations of your search terms with “OR”. o Use a broader search term. o Reduce the number of terms in your search. o Search a different database.
  35. 35. This search using “OR” will find articles using the word “teenagers” as well as articles using the word “adolescents”
  36. 36. Here we’ve widened the scope of our search from teenagers to children.
  37. 37. Here we’ve broadened our search and retrieved more results by taking out a search term.
  38. 38. Results not relevant to your topic? Try one or more of the following:  Synonyms, different spellings, or other words related to your search terms.  A different database.  The Help or Tips in the database.
  39. 39. Here we’ve used a related term, “aggression”, instead of violence”, to retrieve more relevant results.
  40. 40. If you’ve been searching a general database, you may find more relevant articles in a subject-specific database appropriate for your topic.
  41. 41. Find other search strategies by clicking on the Help or Tips links in the database you are using.
  42. 42. Once you have a manageable number of relevant articles, take a closer look at your results.
  43. 43. Tip: The abstract is a summary of the article. To find out more about an article, hold your cursor over the article preview icon or click on the title.
  44. 44. To get the full article, look for a full text link.
  45. 45. If there is no full text link, click on
  46. 46. If the article is available in another database, will link you to it. Click on to get the article. will also tell you if the article is available in print in the Library. GO
  47. 47. If you click on and see the message it means the full article is not available in any format in the Library. You can request it through Interlibrary Loan at www.eclibrary.ca
  48. 48. Remember to keep records of all the articles you use for information.  This will help if you want to find them again later!  You will also need this information when you prepare your bibliography.
  49. 49. Most databases allow you to:  Print articles  Save articles to your computer or a USB key  Email articles to yourself  Export articles to RefWorks or other Citation Management system
  50. 50. Another Way to Find Articles If you’ve found a good article, look at the references to see what sources the author cited. You may find more articles related to your topic!
  51. 51. How do I find an article when all I have is a citation? Sample citation: Sheppard, George. 2000. "The Iroquois in the War of 1812." Canadian Historical Review 81, no. 2: 304-305.
  52. 52. First, look up the publication in Journals by Title.
  53. 53. Enter the title of the publication provided in the citation.
  54. 54. Journals by Title will tell you:  if the Library has the publication,  what format it is in, and  the volumes and dates available. In this example, you can click on GO to access the article online, or find the print version in the Library.
  55. 55. Journals by Title can also be used to find out if the Library has access to a specific journal, magazine or newspaper.
  56. 56. Want to access E-Resources from off-campus? Nipissing: Username = WebAdvisor ID Password = WebAdvisor password Canadore: Username = student number Password = birthdate (mmddyy)
  57. 57. We’re here to help! If you need any assistance in the Library please come to the Info Desk! You can also contact us at: o 705-474-3450 ext. 4221 o info@eclibrary.ca

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