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SOIL SCI 250: Introduction to Environmental Science (Fall 2020) : Finding Research Articles

Selecting and Searching Databases by Subject or Type

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You can access databases from the library home page (library.wisc.edu). Use the dropdown menu at the Catalog button to navigate to Databases

There are several ways to browse and to select databases: 

1) Search by the title of the database (for example, 'GreenFILE').

2) Use the Browse by Subject/Type page to discover databases that index literature on your research topic.

3) Visit the Top 10 Databases page to quickly access a selection of popularly-used databases. 

Note: Additionally, an "Articles Search" can be run from the library home page. The Articles Search runs a search within several databases simultaneously. Filters by date, source, document type (and more) can be applied to the retrieval. There is also an Advanced interface.

 

Use the suggested databases listed, below, to run your search for scholarly, research articles.

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 (title, author, source information), use this Citation Search to search for the full-text.

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).