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HI 324 Medieval Culture


Question: Where Do I Find Journal Articles?!


Answer: Databases


Database Basics

  1. Search for your topic.
  2. Use the suggested subjects that the database recommends.
  3. In nearly every database you will use, there will be a column (usually on the left-hand side) that you can use to narrow down your results. 

Tips and Tricks for Easier Searching:

Use Boolean Operators to connect terms in was that will affect the results of your search. 

Boolean operators are: 

  • AND
  • OR
  • NOT


AND will show you results for all of the keywords that you have included.

  • Examples: 
    • Climate change AND fossil fuels
    • Vegetarian AND religion
    • Pollution AND recycling

OR will show you results with any of the keywords you have used and will broaden the search: 

  • Examples: 
    • Climate change OR global warming
    • Pollution OR Contamination
    • Vegetarian OR Vegan OR Plant-based

NOT will eliminate certain keywords from your search, causing your results to narrow. 

  • Examples:
    • Pollution AND Children NOT Adults
    • Vegetarian AND Ethics NOT Religion


Other Useful Tips:

Quotation marks used before and after a phrase will force the database to search for the phrase rather than the individual word. 

  • Examples: 
    • "climate change" 
    • "fossil fuels"

Use an asterisk (*) to broaden your search to find multiple keywords that start with the same letter.

  • Example: 
    • veg* will find vegan, vegetarian, veganism, vegetables, vegan diet, vegetarian diet, vegetarianism, etc.

Databases to try