Research Survival Guide

                                  
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Article Databases ~ How do they work?
  • •When you use an article database, it quickly scans thousands of issues of many different periodicals to find a match for your search terms.                Photos.com Image
  • •If you didn't use an article database (or a printed index) you would have to look through every issue of every periodical to find articles
    on your topic!
     
  • An article database will give you a list of the articles that match your search terms.  Depending upon which database you are using, it will provide you with one or more of the following:
     

A Citation   (the basic information you need to find that article)
An Abstract  (a brief summary of what the article is about)
The Full Text  (the entire text of that article)

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