Q. How do I get started using SearchBox?

Answered By: American University Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2017     Views: 18

Here is a very quick start to using the SearchBox on the library's homepage:

Type the terms that you use to describe your topic.  Hit SEARCH.

If you need only scholarly sources, look on the left and narrow your results by "Scholarly and Peer Reviewed"

You can further refine your search by limiting to Disciplines, Date of Publication, Content Type, Subject Terms and/or Language.

For the quick start, scroll down to the SUBJECT TERMS. Click on MORE to see the complete list. (Subject Terms are the words that the author uses to describe the main topics of the article. It's better than just key words because you get only articles that are substantively about the topic, not just a passing mention.)

Scroll through the subject terms and click on those that seem relevant to your interests. Click as few or as many as you like. Then scroll back up to the top and hit "Apply"

Scroll through the titles. When you see one that looks good, click on the file folder+ icon to the right of the article. This will add the article to a temporary folder in the upper right.

When you think you have enough articles (always put in more that you think you need) Click on the folder in the upper right. This is important:

BEFORE you email yourself the articles, use the pull down menu to select the style guide your professor requires (MLA APA Chicago,etc.)

This will give you a neat list with links.

Please give this a try. This is only a very small part of using our library's vast collections, but it's a good place to start for a short paper.

For more details, Ask-A-Librarian!

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