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To search for a topic you will need to use an article database (not the e-journals list - more about using e-journals 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 "what is the best plant spacing for soybeans in Oregon" could be broken down into three main ideas - Soybean, plant density, and Oregon. 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, plant spacing could also be called plant density, crop density, or intraplant competition.
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 -
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