Answered By: Kealin McCabe
Last Updated: Jun 08, 2020     Views: 356

Getting help finding journal articles is easy!
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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's 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 climate change

Search the databases using keywords. In this example I am using the database Academic Search Complete. I am searching using the keywords Climate Change AND Canada AND Policy


The results page will show the words the database prefers.  Look on the left hand side under the heading Subject Thesaurus. Use these words and search them using the Boolean Operator OR.


Use these terms in conjunction with the terms you have already searched by creating a new search string. This will help to refine the results to make them more relevant.

The articles will relate to the terms that you searched.

Click for more information about searching with Boolean Operators 

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