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Using keywords effectively is an important step in learning how to find articles. Several tips for deciding which keywords to use are:
All of these things will impact how well your keywords will match up with what you are trying to find.
To search for a phrase, enter quotation marks around your search terms, e.g., “climate change”.
To search for any specified words or phrases, enter OR (all in upper case) between the words or phrases, e.g. genealogy OR lineage.
To exclude words or phrases, enter NOT (all in upper case) followed by the word or phrase to exclude, e.g. silver NOT gold.
To group terms within a search, use parentheses around the terms, e.g. Shakespeare (tragedy OR sonnet).
To perform a single-character wildcard search, enter a ? in place of the character position that has more than one possibility, e.g. wom?n to search for woman, women, etc.
To perform a multiple character wildcard search, enter a * in place of the characters that have multiple possibilities, e.g. cultur* to search for culture, cultural, culturally, etc.
Search results can be managed by using database features such as limiters and facets that allow you to manipulate your results by major subjects, date, publication type, authors, journal titles or institutions or the number of times the publication was cited by other researchers.
There are two different kinds of citation searching:
To browse citing references, look for tabs or links like "Times Cited" (Web of Science), Cited by" (Google Scholar), "Get Citing" (SciFinder Scholar), "Citations: From References or From Reviews" (MathSciNet), "Citing Articles" (American Physical Society)
Web of Science has a Cited Reference Search option which allows you to search for articles that cite a particular author or article.
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.
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