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Start with what you know - Identify the main concepts within your topic.
Look to the past for inspiration - Read the abstracts and (sometimes) articles in your search results
None or few relevant results? Go broader
Too many results? Go narrower
Look for the button to open the full article.
Options for getting to the PDF will open in a new window. Sometimes the link will take you to the journal, not the individual article. Use the citation information for the article to get to the right year, volume and issue of the journal.
If the library doesn't have it, request the article for free from Interlibrary Loan: https://library.oregonstate.edu/illiad On average, articles arrive digitally in 13 hours.
Watch the Searching in Subject Databases video below to learn:
Note - use the chapter menu (three lines in the upper left corner of the video) to jump to different topics.
Watch this video to learn how to set up your OSU interlibrary loan account so you can get articles emailed to you — even when OSU Libraries doesn't have a subscription to the journal.
Watch this video to learn how to place a request through OSU's interlibrary loan.
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