Finding Journal Articles
Start by thinking about what you want to search for and coming up with some keywords and phrases to describe it. Then simply enter your terms in the search boxes at the top of the screen and click search to get a list of results.
You can also use various search techniques to add in extra terms, narrow results down and get more useful images:
If your search results are disappointing, try to think of different ways of expressing your topic (e.g. for ceramics, try pottery).
If you add the wildcard symbol * to the root of a word you can find all words beginning with the letters in front of it (e.g. paint* would find painting and painters at the same time).
Click on the title of a particularly relevant article to view the summary and see what subject terms have been used to describe that article. You can then search on those terms.
To find out more about how to plan a search, creating search strategies and using different search techniques, explore our search techniques guide.
Narrowing Down your Search
Once you have done your initial search, notice there are several filter options on the left of the screen which you can use to refine and narrow down your search.
You can slide the Publication Date bar to limit your results to those from a particular time period, as well as selecting a specific subject.
Please note that a limit once applied stays in place until you click to remove it.
Getting the Full Text
After performing a search you are taken to the results page, where you should see details including:
- article title,
- journal name,
- volume and issue,
- page numbers,
- start of an abstract (description of the article)
To find out more about any article, click on the title to go to a more detailed record.
When you find an article that looks useful, check for a full text link such as a PDF full text link or a HTML full text link.
Some articles may offer you the chance to look at images separately (not embedded within the article).
Full Text at RGU
If we have the full text article as part of another subscription, then you will be redirected to it. If we do not have the article, you will be told Full Text Not Available.