Answered By: Kealin McCabe
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2018     Views: 50

Getting help finding journal articles is easy! To find out the various ways to get research assistance, click here.

To search for journal articles, you must select a database. A database serves as a table of contents to hundreds and even thousands of journals. You have to search the databases in order to find out what is in the journal.

To learn how to select a database, click here.

Once you are in a database enter in your search terms. Not sure which terms to use? Try coming up with keywords that relate to your topic.

Example Topic: Canada's governmental policies relating to First Nations

Potential Search Terms:

 First Nations AND Canada AND government policy


The results page will show the words the database prefers. The database is trying to help you use the words it likes. Look on the left hand side and open the thesaurus. The database prefers the terms First Nations OR Indigenous Peoples OR Native Americans  OR North American Indian OR Aboriginal OR Metis Or Inuk OR Inuit



 Then do the search again, this time using the additional terms found in the thesaurus.

Note the difference in the number of articles associated with each search:


Click for more information about searching and searching with Boolean Operators  


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