Finding Journal Articles
When searching for journal articles, break down your topic into keywords and phrases and enter them on different lines.
You can use various search techniques to add in extra terms, narrow results down and get more useful results:
If your search results are disappointing, try to think of different ways of expressing your topic. For "food consumption" you could try "food habits", "eating habits" or "eating patterns".
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. emotion* would find emotion, emotions and emotional at the same time).
Click on the title of an 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 planning a search, creating search strategies and using different search techniques, explore our search techniques guide.
Narrowing Down Your Search
You can then use the options on the left of the screen under Refine Results to narrow down your search. You may wish to restrict your results to Scholarly (Peer Review) Journals or slide across the bar under Publication Date to limit your results to those from a particular time period.
Further down this section you may find options to narrow your search by:
- source (type of material)
Getting the Full Text
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.
Full Text at RGU
If a PDF download is unavailable, it means we don't have the full text on this database. But, we may have it on a different service. Click on Full Text @ RGU / Check LibrarySearch for full text options to check.
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.