This tutorial will explain common database features and functionality.
Starting a Search
You will get the best results when searching an article database by:
Combining concepts with “AND” in the search bar.
Using the database search limits to make your results specific.. You can often limit by:
Selecting an Article
Selecting an article title in the results list will take you to the article record, which provides useful information such as:
Subject terms, which are useful for finding articles on similar topics.
Abstracts, which summarize the article.
Citation tools, which generate formatted citations in multiple styles.
Export tools, which send article information to a citation manager.
Reading an Article
If you want to read an article, you will need to look for a link or button that says “Full Text,” “HTML Full Text,” “PDF Full Text” or something similar. These links will take you directly to the article.
If there is not a link to the full text, you will want to look for a red “Find It” button. Selecting this button searches all of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries databases for availability elsewhere.
If the full text is available online, you will see option(s) to get full text.
If it is not available online, click on the “Look for Print and Other Formats in the Library Catalog” under “Additional Options” to see if the Libraries have a print copy.
OR you can “Request a Copy” of the article through Interlibrary Loan