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HSE 225 (Crisis Intervention): Searching for Articles

Information for students working on the Crisis Intervention Paper.

What's a Library Database? Video

The following video answers the question:
"What's a library database?"

RMIT University. (2012, August 13). What's a Library Database? Retrieved from     

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Searching for Journal Articles

Searching for articles can take some time. But don't worry! You'll get the hang of it. 

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when searching the databases for journal articles:

  • Before you start searching, create a list of search terms related to your topic. Use this list to create your search. As you find sources, add new keywords to your list. 
  • Use Boolean search operators to narrow down your search. If you do a search and get too many results, you can narrow your search down by using AND, OR, and NOT to combine search terms. For example, a search of the databases for the keyword rape will bring back thousands of results. However, searching with the terms rape AND "college campus" will return fewer results.
  • Check the "Full Text" box, if it's an option. This will ensure that you are only shown results that you have access to. 
  • Remember that each database is different. Each database contains different journals and journal articles. And each database may look different from the others.