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SHB Sheboygan North High School: Finding Articles / JSTOR, Muse

Articles databases

Tips for better searching

In JSTOR

  • Quotes around phrases (“xx yy”) will insure that your keywords are searched as a phrase; rather than individual words.  "Social work" will yield much different results than results with social and/or work. 
  • An asterisk (*) acts as a wild card for multiple letters; e.g.  bird*= birdsong, birdcage; p*diatric searches for pediatric or paediatric.  A question mark (? ) is a single character wild card, e.g., wom?n=woman or women. 
  • To find all forms of a particular word (known as stemming), use the number sign (#), e.g., goose# finds goose, geese, and gosling.  To add the plural to a term, use the ampersand (&), e.g., cat& = cat and cats.

In EBSCO

  • As with JSTOR, quotes around phrases ( “xx yy” ) will insure that your keywords are searched as a phrase; rather than individual words. 
  • An asterisk ( * ) at the stem of a word will find all forms of the word:  educat*= education, educable, educate.  It will also find the plural of the word.
  • Question marks (?) can be used as wild cards to replace an unknown letter or letters in a keyword.  Each question mark takes the place of one letter.  This is especially helpful with spelling issues; e.g. if you can't remember whether i or e is first, use Einst??n. The number sign (#) is used to replace an extra character if one exists, e.g. colo#r  = color or colour.

Search@UW Articles

Search @UW  has full text articles too.

  1. Do a search for your topic
  2. To see only Peer-Reviewed Journals, click Peer-Reviewed Journals
  3. When you find a good title, click View It to link to a full text copy of the article.
    • From Off-Campus you will be asked to log-in with your campus username and password.
  4. Click the link that appears to go to a copy of the article that you can read, print, save or e-mail.

Search@UW or single database search?

The best use of Search@UW is when you need a large number or a variety of resources.  It is also helpful when your research question spans a number of different subjects, making it difficult to choose a single-subject database.

However, not all database content is available through Search@UW.  There will also be many instances in which a single-subject database will have enough content that a user will not need the multiple resources connected to Search@UW.  In these cases, a single database search may be easier and more efficient.