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How Do I Find Articles?


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Finding and evaluating articles for assignments using the Harris Learning Library website.

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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. Many articles are available in their entirety through these databases Some articles are available in print or microform formats.
  5. 5. What’s the difference between a journal and a magazine?
  6. 6. Magazine Articles  General-interest  Not scholarly  Written by reporters, feature editors  Wide audience  Usually, < 5 pages  No abstracts or references  Glossy, with pictures  Advertisements
  7. 7. Journal Articles  Scholarly  Written by subject experts  Report on original research  Specific audience  Usually, > 5 pages  Include abstracts  References  Usually, no pictures  No advertisements
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. What does “peer-reviewed” mean?
  10. 10. Peer-reviewed articles…  Have been critically evaluated by subject experts  Must meet high academic standards before being accepted for publication in scholarly journals
  11. 11. 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”
  12. 12. OK, how do I FIND articles in the Library?
  13. 13. To find articles on any topic… You search online, through the Library website
  14. 14. Begin with Canadore Search Or Nipissing Search You can enter the title of an item or put keywords into the search box and select search OR you can click on the Canadore Search or Nipissing Search title to be directed to the correct search page
  15. 15. For best results, login with your institutional credentials
  16. 16. Type in your search words Narrow your results to view Articles Don’t forget to Select Apply Filters
  17. 17. Continue to modify results and search terms as needed (i.e. adding more search terms, dates, peer review) Then select the Available Online link
  18. 18. In this example we can see the article is available from several databases (or collections) Select any of the links
  19. 19. Designing Your Search
  20. 20. First of all, identify the main concepts of your topic Video games Adolescents Behaviour “The effect of video games on adolescent behaviour”
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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.
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Using the more specific term “teenage boys”, instead of “teenagers”, narrows our search 122,994 results 624,277results
  27. 27. Adding another search term gives fewer, more relevant results
  28. 28. Remember to use the filters on the left-hand side to limit your results to articles only Click on the Articles option found under the Resource Type heading
  29. 29. There is also an option to limit your results to items from Peer-Reviewed Journals
  30. 30. Broadening Your Search Try one or more of the following:  Combine variations of your search terms with “OR”  Use a broader search term  Reduce the number of terms in your search.  Search a different database
  31. 31. This search using “OR” will find articles using the word “teenagers” as well as articles using the word “adolescent” Over 1 million results Adding another keyword will help reduce the number of results Notice our Peer- Reviewed and Article filters have been selected
  32. 32. Results not relevant to your topic?  Try different synonyms, different spellings, or other words related to your search terms And/Or  Use the Filters on the left- hand side to limit results by Subject type OR by specific Database
  33. 33. Once you have a manageable number of relevant articles, take a closer look at your results
  34. 34. To find out more about an article click on the title This will bring up a pop-up window with more information
  35. 35. Included on this pop-up page will be a DETAILS section This includes a description of the article’s contents (also known as the ABSTRACT)
  36. 36. To access the full article, look for the VIEW ONLINE section Select the link provided to be taken to the article If the article is available in multiple databases there will be more than one link
  37. 37. If you wish to get an article not available through the library, you still may be able to access it using our Interlibrary Loan Service To learn more about Interlibrary Loans visit and select Library Services
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. 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
  40. 40. 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!
  41. 41. How do I find an article when all I have is a citation? Sample citation: Cates, I. (2011). On the Literary Use of Superheroes; or, Batman and Superman Fistfight in Heaven. American Literature, 83(4), 831–857.
  42. 42. The easiest option is to simply enter the article title into the Canadore or Nipissing Search bar
  43. 43. The article title appears as the first result in this example
  44. 44. However, it may not always be so easy especially if the title is similar to many other article titles In this case a JOURNAL SEARCH can be used to locate the article
  45. 45. Once you select the JOURNAL SEARCH option you will notice that the search bar has changed and now indicates that a journal search is being conducted Enter the title of the JOURNAL (not the article) into the search bar
  46. 46. The correct journal should appear in your results list In this case the correct journal was #6 in our results list Select the journal title
  47. 47. In the View Online section there may be one or more links Select the one that includes the year/volume the article is in You will notice some databases only have articles from certain dates
  48. 48. Every journal’s page will look different, but they all should have a place where you can select the correct year, volume and issue
  49. 49. Once the correct year, volume and issue is entered a list of articles should appear Scroll through until you find the correct one There should then be an option to view the article and/or download a PDF copy
  50. 50. Want to access E-Resources from off-campus? You will be asked to login, use the correct login for your institution Nipissing: Your WebAdvisor Username and Password Canadore: Your Canadore Network Username and Password
  51. 51. 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:  705-474-3450 ext. 4221 