UC MERCED LIBRARY TUTORIALS
Using Academic Search Complete
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This tutorial will show you how to find information written in Spanish in 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. It provides articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. You can also limit to items written in Spanish or other languages.
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 student nutrition. How could you narrow that down? Add additional concepts like who, what, where, etc.
Who? students, undergraduates, etc. What? nutrition, eating habits, diet, unhealthy, etc.Where? colleges, universities, higher education
Now, combine these concepts to ask a research question. For example:
Do eating habits have an effect on student success in college?
It's a good idea to brainstorm for other potential terminology for each concept. For example:
nutrition OR "eating habits"
college OR university
students OR undergraduates
Enter these concepts in the database search boxes.
The list of articles you see in your results list could come from:
Use the icons next to the titles to determine article types.
Narrow down your results to Spanish by using the Language limiter option on the lower left side of the page. Many databases also have similar language limiters you can use to narrow results done to a particular language.
Keep in mind that you might not get as many results as you would in English.
Once you have your results narrowed down to items in Spanish, use the article titles to evaluate usefulness for your research. Article abstracts can also help you determine relevance.
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:
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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:
If you get stuck with your search or have technical difficulties, Academic Search Complete provides phone and email support 24 hours a day M-F, and 9-5 EST on Saturday and Sunday. FAQs and more tutorials are also available. Look for the Help link in the far right of the blue band at the top of the screen to access these resources. You can also get help from a librarian by clicking the Ask a Librarian link.
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