Start with a keyword search, then refine by subject or other facets later.
Building a search query:
Create a search set of synonyms (use "OR" operator) for a concept
Combine search sets for concepts with "AND" operator
use quote marks " " to identify a phrase
Use truncation and wild cards to expand based on a word stem (e.g., nano* )
Narrow your results:
Examine search result record to see what subjects have been assigned (if any) to the record. Subjects can be combined with keywords to focus search, or searched individually to find items that are primarily about the topic.
Use refine or limit features such as date, material type (e.g., review article), treatment (in Compendex - theoretical, applied, etc).
Expand to related articles with shared citations (Scopus)
Use citation searching and browsing features, including sorting by # of times cited (Scopus, SciFinder, Google Scholar, etc)
Retrieving the Material
When searching in an article database, find the "UC Article Linker" icon or "Find Full Text" (Google Scholar)
From Article Linker, check if your desired volume/issue is available online. Otherwise, search for a print copy in the Library Catalog.
If not online or in print, submit an interlibrary loan (ILLiad) request. ILLiad will automatically populate the request form with the journal article information.
NOTE: First time ILLiad users will be prompted to fill in a profile. The "M number" is on your UC ID card in the upper left corner. Enter the M number so it looks like this: M12345678.
Use Full Text Journals to search for full-text sources by journal title.
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