The Library subscribes to many databases that have or link to scholarly articles
♦ Academic Search Complete indexes articles in magazines and newspapers as well as articles in scholarly journals.
It lets you limit your search results to scholarly journals.
♦ The discipline-specific databases (AGRICOLA, CABAbstracts, CINAHL, FSTA, and BIOSIS) take a broader view of scholarly/professional literature and also index publications types such as dissertations, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, and technical reports.
These databases will allow you to limit your search results to only scholarly journals.
♦ Web of Science only indexes scholarly journals.
♦ Indexes a variety of publication types including scholarly journal articles.
♦ Does not have a way to limit results to only scholarly journals.
Did you get very little or too much from your search?
Use * for alternate word endings
e.g., sustainab* retrieves sustainable, sustainability etc.
Use the different search lines to enter key words (not sentences) describing the different components of your search topic
Redo your search adding new keywords you find in article abstracts and subject terms given to the articles by the database
Use or between synonyms or alternate concepts
e.g., greenhouse gases* or ghg* or carbon dioxide
Use fewer search terms. Each time you put in another search term (unless they are synonyms combined with or) you will get fewer results. Start with a small number of keywords and then add more terms or try different terms based on your results.
Use quotation marks around words you want searched as a phrase
e.g., "greenhouse gases"
Databases usually offer ways to Limit or Refine your search results, such as:
To Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals
By publication date range
To journal articles only (or books, dissertations, etc)
Some databases also have specific limits, such as:
Add more search terms:
Each time you put in another search term, you will retrieve fewer results.
Start with a small number of keywords and then add more terms or try different terms based on your results.
Use the different search lines to enter more key words (not sentences) describing the different components of your topic
In the articles that are good, look for other for terms used in title, abstract, and subjects in that seem to focus on your interest
USe Google Scholar to find peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.
If Google Scholar's links don't get you to the article text or you are asked to pay for the article, use the Find It @ Fresno State link:
it will connect to our e-subscriptions, catalog, and our Interlibrary Loan form.
If you don't know if the article is in a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal, use the Find It @ Fresno State link:
it links to Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory so you can see if the journal is scholarly/academic and peer-reviewed
(Ulrich's calls peer-review refereed).
To get Find It @ Fresno State to appear in Google Scholar:
Either go to GoogleScholar through the campus proxy
Or, in Google Scholar:
1. Click Scholar Settings
2. Type fresno in the Library Links box and click <Find Library>
3. Select CSU Fresno - Find It at Fresno State
4. Click Save
(you might need to click on More to see the Find It @ option in Google Scholar's list of citations)