Using the example from your assignment, the information on this page will review keyword searching tips that will help you find articles.
"Overfishing has an environmental effect on lake vegetation."
If you need assistance finding articles, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to review the tutorials linked in the box below.
THE TIPS BELOW WILL HELP YOU GET STARTED.
REMEMBER, THERE IS NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO SEARCH FOR ARTICLES IN A DATABASE.
BE PATIENT. BE CREATIVE.
Keyword searching is an effective method for finding information in any computerized database, whether it's the Library's academic search tool Omni, an online index (e.g. Web of Science or Sociological Abstracts), or an Internet search engine (e.g. Google Scholar). Once you learn the basics, you are capable of searching anywhere, with better results.
Before you begin a keyword search, think about your topic. Do some background reading to become familiar with your topic and the words used to describe it. Decide on some words (terms) to express the most important concepts, words you would expect to find in every item of interest to you.
With a keyword search you look for a word, no matter where that word appears. If you like, you can specify that the word be in a particular field (e.g. the title, author, or subject), but it can be in any position (beginning, middle, or end).
Concept 1: Overfishing - fishing (broad term), fisherman (related term), angling (related term) or anglers (related term)
Concept 2: Vegetation - aquatic plants (more specific), hydrophytes (more specific), macrophytes (specific term), aquaculture (broad term)
Concept 3: Lake - freshwater (broad term), inland waters(broad term), river (related term)
Concept 4: Recreation - tourism (broad term), ecotourism (broad term), leisure (related term ), sport (specific term)
Narrowing your results
Check the database for ways to limit your results to:
Check the record where your search terms matched. The best matches for topics are in fields like Subject or Title. Search specific fields if there is an Advanced or Expert search option.
Use Subject Headings or Descriptors if available to increase the relevancy of your results
Add another concept to your search using the Boolean operator “AND”
Getting the Full-Text
Sometimes the database you are searching also provides full text journals. In this case you may see below or next to the citation a 'Full-Text' link to the article.
If you do not see a Full-Text link, this does not always mean we don't have the article. It may be available from another source. In this case, to determine if Trent has the full-text of an article, click on the GetIt!Trent icon. This icon can be seen near each citation in a database.
Note: If you see the notation below a citation, “ Trent Library does not have this journal”, please ignore as it is not always accurate. GetIt! Trent will be able to better tell you if we have the journal.
If an article is not available, you can request an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) through RACER. Keep in mind articles via ILL are not available overnight, so this service is only useful if you have enough time to receive the article before your project is due. We recommend that you allow 7-10 days. For more information and to register for an account please go to the RACER web site.