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Step 1: Identify specific articles of interest using the searching for journal articles on a topic directions.
Step 3: If the journal is not online, find the call number for the journal(s) in which the article is found. (Use the OSU Libraries Catalog for this step.) Find the article in the library and make a photocopy.
Use 1Search to find books, online scholarly articles or newspaper articles that OSU subscribes to. If you need to find specific items, such as books by a particular author, use the advanced search option for more precise searching.
With Google Scholar you can search broadly (across several disciplines) with one search. You can use Google Scholar to find peer-reviewed articles, but you will also find pre-print copies of articles, conference papers, white papers, patents, legal opinions and more.
To search for a topic you will need to use an article database (not the ejournals list - more about using ejournals below).Find a good database. Each database focuses on a particular subject.
Break your topic down. Article databases often work best when you put a single idea in each search box. For example, the research topic "how is PCR using in detecting salmonella in tomatoes" could be broken down into three main ideas - Salmonella, PCR, and tomatoes. Each of these ideas would go in their own search box or be separated by "and."
Use Synonyms. Scientists often refer to words in a variety of different terms than you may be used to. Try different search words to come up with the best results. For example, you might need to try polymerase chain reaction instead of PCR or lycopersicum for tomato.
Find the article. Not all databases have full-text articles, and sometimes we have the article available electronically, but it is not immediately available from the database with one click. If you do not see a PDF icon for the article within the database, you have 3 options -