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:
At the bottom of the search screen you will see Search Options. In most cases you will not need to use these options, and most can be applied once you see your list of results.
If your search results are disappointing, try to think of different ways of expressing your topic, for example:
- For smoking try tobacco or cigarettes
- Add the wildcard symbol * to the root of a word to find all words beginning with the letters in front of it
- smok* would find smoke, smoker, smokers, smoking and smoked at the same time.
- "community pharmacist*" would find pharmacist and pharmacists at the same time. You could also try "community pharmacy". Alternatively you could try communit* on one line and pharmacist* on another in case an article examines the provision of services by pharmacists working in communities rather than including the phrase "community pharmacist*".
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. For example you may wish to search for "smoking cessation".
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 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
Click on the title of the item in the results list to see further details and a summary of the item.
You can add details of an article to a Folder by clicking on the relevant icon. You can then email the details of all articles added to your folder to yourself or transfer those details to RefWorks.
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.