1) Go to Scf.edu/library
2) Go to Databases and select Databases A-Z. Or use this link. This step by step demo refers to Academic Search Complete.
3) WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The first page of most databases are somewhat similar with a search box that allows searching with limiters ( full text, title, journal name ) and also a drop down box style Boolean search. Underneath this common frame will be two columns. Near the top of the one on the left will be a choice for FULL TEXT. Select that. In the second column, there will be an option for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. Select that option if that is the specific level of material you should be working with. In higher level academic work, this is expected.
In databases like Business Source complete, the limits underneath this search box are more detailed and allow for searches of NAICS and Duns codes and even ticker symbols. In CINAHL, the limits allow to restrict results to evidence-based research and methodology of research. In PsycARTICLES, the limits below the main search box allow user to select human subjects versus animal and more. As you move into the specialized databases, your options to pinpoint your research increases from butter knife to scalpel level of precision. After all, you don't need 12,000 results, you need about a dozen results that fit your information needs.
4) SEARCH STRATEGIES : Before beginning search consider the following search strategies:
5) SEARCH TERMS: Enter search terms and phrases. Use drop down box to select the area to be searched - keyword is a good default if unsure. Select Full Text. Select Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. Press Search.
6) SEARCH RESULTS : Your Search Results page is full of information and help.
Identifying a Scholarly Article in your search results. Remember, the search identifies a scholarly journal, not a scholarly article. Scholarly journals can contain books reviews, letters to the editor and other non peer reviewed content.
The Academic Search Complete search results page has three columns.
This is a general overview. There is also a HELP link on the EBSCO page. EBSCO also has an account you can sign up for free to use to store searches and information. Always feel free to ask a Librarian for more detailed EBSCO help.
7) SELECTING SOURCES: From the search results, select a title to review. This takes you to a page that has citation elements, abstract, DOI numbers and more. If it is HTML full text, the article follows this information. If it is PDF, the link is in the left hand column. The abstract is not the article. Make sure to read the full text of an item in order to ethically cite it for your work.
To the right of this page are options to send, save and cite the source. Two things to remember: