Answered By: Sandy Marinaro
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015     Views: 7

The power of the library databases goes way beyond matching keywords you enter in a search box. You have the ability to find only the most relevant articles that reflect your needs and requirements.

Each database has its own unique search interface and search options. Use the database’s own Help screens to discover what options are available to you.

Some of the most common limiters and refinements are:

Full-Text
Some publications do not allow full-text access to their most recent issues; some databases offer full-text for only the most recent few years

Scholarly articles
May also be called peer-reviewed or refereed or academic

Date
Select a specific date or date range

Journal title
Search in just one journal; may also be called source or publication

Article type
Some databases can search for different categories, such as news, law, company profiles, conference proceedings, research, etc.

Save search
Save a search and return to it; may also be called search history

Search alerts
Let the database rerun your search periodically and alert you when it finds new results; may require a free individual login