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To search for a topic you will need to use an article database
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 operative temperature of snakes living in a hot environment" could be broken down into three main ideas - operative temperature, snakes, and hot environment. Each of these ideas would go in their own search box. Alternatively, you can place all of these ideas in one search box if you separate each term with an "and."
Use Synonyms. Researchers often refer to ideas/objects in terms that may be unfamiliar to beginning scientists. Try different search words to come up with the best results. For example, hot temperature could also be called climatic extreme.
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 -
A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.
Find out how to set your preferences in Google Scholar, so you can use OSU Libraries subscriptions to get free access to content that is not free on the web:
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