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Geography & Earth Sciences: Article Databases

Article Databases

Your Search: Finding RELEVANT Articles

First, organize your research topic into concepts. Concepts are typically nouns or noun phrases.

  • For example, if you are researching landscape features that show evidence of seismic activity, your concepts would be:
    • landscape features
    • evidence
    • seismic activity

Using a databases's Advanced Search, enter each concept and its synonyms into a separate search line.

  • "Landscape features"
  • evidence OR impacts
  • Seism*

Use quotation marks around phrases, these are typically noun phrases that you would find a definition of in a dictionary.

  • "earth science"
  • "seismic wave"

Use * for truncation.

  • Seism* will find seismic, seismograph, seismology, seismologist, etc.

Limit to peer-reviewed articles if necessary.

Limit by date if necessary.

Too many or too few results?

  • Use the thesaurus or Subject Index to find related, broader, narrower, and similar terms OR specific terms that the databases uses to describe a topic.
    • Too many results? Use a narrower term.
    • Too few results? Use a broader term.

Find an article that looks interesting?

  • Click on the article's title.
  • Look at the subjects given to an article to find related terms and run additional searches using these terms.
  • Click on the references, cited by, or see similar documents links to find related articles.