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Professor Judkins ENG 164: Topics in Literature and the Human Past

Academic Search Complete Search Example

  • Academic Search Complete is a good starting place, but will not cover history as extensively as JSTOR and Historical Abstracts. 
    • This search example shows its limitations.
  • Find Academic Search Complete in the Alphabetical list of databases or in the "Most Popular" database list. 
  • Go to "Advanced Search."
    • This lets you enter terms for boolean searches (things that are conjoined by "AND")
    • And, it lets you switch out terms to refine results
  • Once you run a search, limit results by checking the "Full text" and "Scholarly" selections in the left margins. 
    • This will limit results to only those articles available at Salem State and those that are peer reviewed.
    • Once you find some full text articles, you may want to expand your search to ones that are not held by Salem State. 
  • Ways to refine your results:
    • Switch out terms: Middle Ages for Medieval, etc.
    • Increase precision by changing the drop down selections to the right of your search terms to limit the search to "Abstract" or "Subject."
  • Search screen shots: