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SS 23: LB 492 (Akalin): Finding Scholarly Articles

Lyman Briggs Librarian

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Chana Kraus-Friedberg
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
Subjects: Medicine, Public Health

General Databases

Social Science Databases

Finding Subject-Specific Databases

  1. Navigate to the library Databases page.
  2. Click on the dropdown menu on the left, which says "All Subjects." 

    databases page with the "All Subjects" dropdown menu at the top left

  3. Select the subject you're interested in. (Note: If you want to try a second subject, go back to the original Databases page and use the dropdown menu again. If you are looking at the Biological Sciences list, for example, using the dropdown menu from that page will only show you databases that appear in that list). 

Tips for Searching Databases with Keywords

  • Combine two different topics with AND (always capitalize). This means you want only articles where BOTH of those topics appear. For example: football AND concussion.
  • Combine synonyms by putting them in parentheses and using OR (always capitalize). This means that you want an article where at least one of these terms appear, you don't care which. For example: (football OR NFL) AND concussion
  • Put phrases in quotes (for example, "breast cancer").
  • If you're getting a lot of irrelevant material, see if you can make your terms more specific.
  • Click on the "Get it at MSU" button or the PDF link to get full text.
  • Use filters on the left side of the screen to limit your search. Usually there's a date filter that you can use to only see results for the last 5 years.

Medical Databases

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