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PHILOS 341: Contemporary Moral Issues (Summer 2022) : Find Articles

Philosophy Databases

Multi-Subject Databases

Search Tips

  • Use AND to combine different words to find all the words in any order.
    • animals AND ethics
  • Use OR to combine similar words or synonyms or variations
    • ethics OR morality
  • Use quotation marks ("") to search multiple words as a phrase
    • "animal rights"
  • Use an asterisk (*) to search for varied endings of words or singular or plural forms
    • ethic* to find ethic, ethics, or ethical
  • Look for Subjects - words that the database uses to describe what items are about similar to social media tags - and use them as keywords in searches
    • animal rights, animal welfare
  • Look for ways to limit your search results by publication type or date as appropriate

Database Search Strategies

This tutorial shows you how to use database search strategies such as AND, OR, quotation marks, and truncation.

Searching Within Databases

This tutorial shows you how to search for articles in article databases.  It shows you how to use AND to combine terms, limit to articles from scholarly journals or by date of publication, use subject headings and abstract to find keywords, find full text of articles, and use tools to generate or export citations.