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Positive Youth Development : Research Articles, Data & Statistics

Getting to Full Text

Follow    (Find It button) or the "Find It at UW Madison" link in most databases to:

  • access online full text (when available)
  • see if the journal is available in print (Library Catalog)
  • request a copy of the article (PDF) if full text is not available online (Request a Copy link)

If you already have a citation, use Citation Search to find the article.


Searching Tips for Online Databases

  • Use AND to combine search terms; retrieve records with those terms, in any order: friends AND communication
  • Use OR to combine similar search terms or synonyms: friends OR peers
  • Use quotation marks ( " ") to search a required phrase: "interpersonal communication"
  • Use an asterisk ( * ) to retrieve singular and plural forms or suffixes for search terns: friend* = friend, friends, friendly or friendship
  • Review "subject headings" or "descriptors" to identify additional and useful search terms.
  • Apply limits or filters to your results (by date, document type, or other). 

Selecting and Searching Databases by Subject or Type

Select databases from the library home page ( Use dropdown menu from Catalog button to go to Databases. OR, select the database link from the Find page. Options include:

Note: An "Articles Search" can also be run from the library home page. The Articles Search runs a search within several databases simultaneously. Apply filters by date, source, document type, (and more).

Consider the databases listed, below, for conducting your search of the research literature.

Strategies for Searching within Specific Journals

Strategy #1 (the easy method):

Follow links to available full-text from the catalog record. Once within the full-text interface--either through the publisher's Website or another database interface--look for the search box to run a search for your topic within the contents of that specific journal. 

Important Tip: If running a search within the contents of a journal and looking for the most recently-published articles there, be sure to sort your retrieval by "most recent date" or "newest first".

Strategy #2 (more challenging but our librarians can help!)

Many of the research literature databases can enable you to limit your search to a specific journal, provided that the database covers that journal. For instance, using databases such as Scopus or Web of Science, enter the journal name into one of the search boxes and set the drop-down field limit to source title or publication name (depending upon the database). Enter your topic terms within another box and run the search. 

See example from Web of Science:

Screen shot showing journal source limit in Web of Science database.

Journal of Extension (new articles)

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