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CJS4030 Criminal Justice Research Methods (Sabot): Searching Basics

Database Fields

You can search by:

 

>Author

>Article Title

>Journal Title

>Subject Heading

Additional Tips

Too Many Results

  • Use Boolean Operators

                    (Example-- 'Not' will

                     eliminate unneeded

                     results)

  • Utilize limiters

                    (Example-- By clicking

                     on 'Publication Date' or

                     'Peer-Reviewed Article',

                     articles that do not

                     meet that criteria will

                     be eliminated

                     from the results)

 

Too Few Results

  • Replace search words with synonyms

                     (Example-- replace the

                      word 'swap' with 'trade'. 

                      This will change the

                      results that are

                      appearing.)

  • Add a Wildcard Symbol or an Asterisk to your search terms

                     (Example-- Addition* will

                      show results for

                      additionally,

                      additional, etc.)

Boolean Operators

Boolean Operators include:

  • Or
  • Not
  • And

 

'Or' will yield the most results because the search is finding both terms individually.

'Not' will only gather results for the search term and exclude results included in the

        'Not' search field

'And' will only show results that contain both search terms.

 

Examples:

'Senators' or 'Ohio' will show results for all Senators nationwide, as well as all results pertaining to Ohio.

'Senators' not 'Ohio' will show results for all Senators not located in Ohio.

'Senators' and 'Ohio' will show results for Senators located in Ohio.

 

Or is good when starting your search and gathering a lot of information.

Not is helpful because it eliminates unnecessary results.

And is useful because it gathers the most pertinent results.

Limiters

Limiters narrow down the number of results you will see.

 

Limiters include:

>Full-Text

>Scholarly

>Publication Date

>Peer-Reviewed

>Publication Type

 

Truncation

>Putting an asterisk after the prefix will show more results

 

Example--Comput*

  • This will show results for compute, computer, computes, computers, computation, etc.

 

>This is helpful if you want results using all of the possible forms of the initial search term

Wildcard Symbols

>Putting either a question mark or an underscore in place of the differing letter will yield more results

 

Example--Wom?n or Wom_n

  • This will show results for women as well as woman

 

>This is helpful if you want results using all of the possible forms of the initial search term