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Advanced Search Strategies

Beware abbreviations!  For some databases, you'll need to spell out abbreviations/acronyms.

Most databases allow advanced search strategies such as:

  • For more focus and more choices:
    • Use Advanced Search

  • Too many results:
    • Limit your search to Title/Subject/Abstract

    • Note that Web of Science will only allow a "Title" or "Topic" search. Google Scholar will only allow a "Title" focused search:    i.e.  intitle:nanotechnology AND intitle:manufacturing

  • Get the phrase:
    • Use quotes
    • (Example: "elemental analysis")

  • Get specific:
    • Add more terms using AND
    • (Example: chemical AND analysis AND Titan AND probe)

  • Broaden results:
    • Use OR
    • (Example: moon OR lunar)

  • Get variations of words:
    • Use an ASTERISK (*)
    • spectr*    finds: spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, spectrometry, spectra, spectrum ...


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Finding Journal Articles with a Citation

Timesaver Strategy!  Once you have found an article, borrow the citations to find more. Here's how:

If you found the article in OneSearch,

  • Use the Cited By box if provided. This will list articles cite the original article (use it as a source).
  • You can also use the Citations box if provided to see what sources are in the original article's bibliography.

In either case, use the links provided (Find Online if available through Rod Library subscriptions) to access each relevant article.

Or if you have citations for articles you want, search by journal title (not article title) in Rod Library Journals A to Z list.

Or if you have citations for articles you want, use the Rod Library Citation Linker to enter as much citation information as you know about an article you want.

Many other databases provide links for cited and citing articles, as well as other relevant articles.

Journal Abbreviations

Many citations you see for scholarly articles will include journal abbreviations. Google abbreviations to determine what they stand for or try a journal abbreviation source such as All that Jas.


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