UC MERCED LIBRARY TUTORIALS
Using Academic Search Complete
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This tutorial will show you how to use Academic Search Complete, a popular library database.
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Academic Search Complete is an easy-to-use search tool that can help you find information on a wide variety of topics. Articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals are available in Academic Search Complete. Using Academic Search Complete and other library databases can save you time and frustration!
To access the Academic Search Complete database:
Searches that are not too broad yield the best results. Let's say you are researching a broad topic like plagiarism. How could you narrow that down? Add additional concepts like who, what, where.
Now, combine these concepts to ask a research question. For example:
Do college students who plagiarize have higher GPAs than those who don't?
It's a good idea to brainstorm for other potential terminology for each concept. For example:
plagiarism OR copying
college OR university
student OR undergraduate
GPA OR grades
The list of articles you see in your results list could come from:
Use the icons next to the titles to determine article types.
If your results list is too large, narrow it down using limiter options on the left like Publication Date, Source Types, and Subject: Thesaurus Terms.
What is an abstract?
The article record may not include the full text of the article. However, there are several ways to access full text:
What is Interlibrary Loan?
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Academic Search Complete (and most other databases) have tools that can help make your research more efficient. For example, the database tools can help you:
To find additional articles on the same topic:
To save, print, email, cite, or link back to articles:
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