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Let's search for some articles on America's favorite family, "The Simpsons."
You got over 30,000 articles! That is a lot to go through.
Let's figure out why!
Why did this article get returned in your search?
Using only one term to search for sources is not very effective. You can use Boolean Searching to combine search terms and find better results.
That got rid of a lot of articles! Now we have less than 70.
What happened when we used AND in our search?
What does this tell you about subject terms?
Selecting a subject term helps you to focus your results even more.
Let's set some filters to narrow our search even more.
We need to find some articles that are newer and published in scholarly journals.
Under Refine Results (left side), do the following:
We can make our search even more specific by adding words like feminism, politics, education, and combining them with Boolean operators.
Let's find a good article to use for a political science paper on "The Simpsons" and politics.
Which article would you choose for our political science topic? (Remember to hover over the magnifying glass for more information.)
ASC contains the full text of thousands of articles. You will also see results for articles that are available in other databases.
What link would you click to get the full text of this article?
Don't like writing citations? ASC will do it for you!
From APA to MLA, ASC lists the citation in a number of different styles that you can copy and paste into any text editing program.
These aren't perfect citations; you should consult a style manual to check order and placement of punctuation.
ASC also allows you to email what you find.
Enter an email address and ASC will send an email with the article record.
Remember, Academic Search Complete is available from the UA Library Homepage under the Search & Find tab under Articles & Databases.
If you want more help with your research, try these tutorials:
Search Strategy Builder
How to Search Effectively