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Monitoring Chat: Reference Basics: Articles

Use this guide to triage basic reference questions asked through the library's chat service.

Getting Them Started with Quick Article Search

The Quick Article Search link is designed so that students can search over multiple databases in different subject areas.  This is a good resource to recommend if you are not sure which specific database a student should be using.

Quick Article Search is located on the library's homepage:

Have the students enter their search query in the search box.  Keywords should be separated by "and".


Point out that available articles will have a PDF or an HTML link below the record.  Students can click these links to gain direct access to these articles, and can download the PDFs to their personal computers.


Instead of a PDF or HTML link, some articles will have a green link labeled "Full-Text Finder."  This means that we may have access to the article in another database.  Click the Full-Text Finder link to be taken to appropriate database.  



Using Limiters

Too many search results to sift through?  Use the limiters in the left side navigation menu.


Limit your results by changing the 'Publication Date'.  Move the blue bar to narrow your timeline, or use the boxes to enter your own date range.  You can also limit your results by 'Source Types.'  Use the check boxes to include the types of sources you want, and exclude the types that you don't.


Look for appropriate subject headings that have been assigned to promising articles.  See how 'coffee' and 'anxiety' are both subjects?


Once you know some appropriate subject headings, you can search by subject to further narrow your results.  Change the search field to "SU Subject Terms."


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