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In this tutorial, you will learn how to find articles using Academic Search Complete (ASC). This database is multidisciplinary and contains both scholarly and popular articles.

 

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STEP 1

Using the page to your right, click on Academic Search Complete.

You may be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

You are now in Academic Search Complete

 

Get to Know the Assignment

Your professor assigned you a 5-8 page research paper. You must use several sources including one scholarly article in your research. You decide to explore this research question:

How do social networking sites such as Facebook affect romantic relationships?

Identify Keywords

The first step is to identify keywords. Keywords are important words or phrases that describe your research topic and will help you find relevant articles.

What are the 2 - 5 most important keywords for your research question:

How do social networking sites such as Facebook affect romantic relationships?

Search ASC

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Let's try a few keywords.

1. Type these keywords into the first ASC search box: Facebook romantic relationships

2. Click Search

How many results did you find?

Search ASC

2 of 2That is a pretty low number of results for a database with millions of articles.

Let's revise your search.

ASC does not add AND in between your words like Google does.

If words are not separated with a connector such as AND, the database searches your words like this: "facebook romantic relationships."

Revise Your Search

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Let's try a search with the connector AND.

1. Clear your search

2. Type Facebook AND romantic relationships into the search box

3. Click Search

How many results did you get?

 

Revise Your Search

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We should be able to get even more results.

Another way to retrieve additional articles is to search for words that have similar meanings.

To conduct a search using words with similar meanings, you must use the connector OR and parentheses ( ).

Put the similar words together in parentheses and then connect them with OR.

Which search string below uses the connector OR and (   ) most effectively?

Revise Your Search

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1. Clear your previous search

2. Type (Facebook OR social networking) AND romantic relationships

3. Click Search

How many results did you get?

 

Revise Your Search

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Another way to retrieve additional articles is to use the * (truncation) symbol to tell the database to search for all possible endings for a root word.

For example, putting * after psycholog* will search for psychologist, psychology, and psychological.

Revise Your Search

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1. Click the Clear button

2. Type the following including the asterisk (*):

(Facebook OR social network*) AND romantic relationships

 3. Click Search

How many results do you find when you search social network* ?

Now that you have a good set of articles to work with, let’s take a look at some of your results.

Evaluate Search Results

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1. Skim the titles of your search results and locate this article: "Predictors of Change in Self-Reported Social Networks Among Homeless Young People" (approx. #62 on the list)

2. Hover your pointer over the magnifying glass icon to read the article’s abstract

Based on this abstract, will this article be useful for your research question, How do social networking sites such as Facebook affect romantic relationships?

 

Let's find articles that are more relevant to your research question.

Evaluate Search Results

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ASC lists results by their date of publication. It may be more helpful to have the articles listed by their relevancy.

1. Scroll back up to the top of the page.

2. Click on the drop-down arrow next to Date Newest (located just above the title of the first article on the right-hand side)

3. Choose Relevance

3. Skim the titles of your search results and locate this article:

"Time to Face It! Facebook Intrusion and the Implications for Romantic Jealousy and Relationship Satisfaction" (approx. #9 on the list)

4. Hover your pointer over the magnifying glass icon to read the article’s abstract.

Evaluate Search Results

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Based on this abstract, will this article be useful for your research question? (How do social networking sites such as Facebook affect romantic relationships?)

Reading an Article Record

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An article’s record can help you determine if an article will be useful.

Additionally, you can use information gleaned from a record to locate more articles by the same authors or within the same publications.

1. Locate this article: "More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?" (approx. #13 on the list)

2. Click on the article’s title.

3. Read the information about the article.

How many authors does this article have?

How many pages does this article have?

Reading an Article Record

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What is the name of the journal this article was published in?


What university are the authors affiliated with?

Reading an Article Record

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Read the abstract.

Based on this abstract, which of the following is a true statement?

Accessing Articles

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This article seems like a pretty good fit for your research question.

1. Open up the full text of the article by clicking on the PDF Full Text link on the left side of the screen

2. Scroll down to the Discussion section

You may need to scroll horizontally and vertically to move around the page.

What are the first few words of the first sentence in the Discussion section?

Accessing Articles

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A great way to locate additional articles is to “mine” the bibliography of an article that you found useful. To do this, scroll down to the References section.

Skim through the different references the authors used to write this article.

Look at reference number 4.

What is the title of the article?

Citing Articles

Scroll back to the top of the article.

Since you will be using this article in your own research, you will need to cite it.

ASC has an easy citation feature that allows you to cut and paste a citation formatted in different styles.

1. Take a look at the different icons on the right side of the screen. (If you are using a smaller monitor, you may need to scroll right.)

2. Hover over the different icons to see the different tools you can use.

3. Select the Cite icon.

How many different citation formats are available?

NOTE: It's very important to double-check each citation to make sure it has been formatted correctly. Details such as capitalization, punctuation, italicization, or date order may be incorrect.

Locate Scholarly Articles

Your assignment calls for several articles including scholarly ones. Scholarly and popular articles differ in many ways.

Popular Articles (Magazines and Newspapers)

  • Are often written by journalists
  • Use language easily understood by general readers
  • Rarely give full citations for sources
  • Written for the general public
  • Tend to be shorter than journal articles

Scholarly Articles (Academic Journals)

  • Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars (chemists, historians, doctors, artists, etc.)
  • Use scholarly or technical language
  • Tend to be longer articles about research
  • Include full citations for sources
  • Book reviews and editorials are not considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals

Let’s find some more scholarly articles.

Locate Scholarly Articles

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1. Click Result List (located on the left side of the blue bar towards the top of the screen)

2. Scroll back to the top of the list

3. Note the menu options on the left hand menu

4. Under Refine Your Results check Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

All of the results listed here are from academic journals.

However, they may all not be scholarly articles. In addition to scholarly articles, academic journals also include book reviews, editorials and new items.

Locate Scholarly Articles

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1. Skim the titles of your search results and locate this article: "Time to Face It! Facebook Intrusion and the Implications for Romantic Jealousy and Relationship Satisfaction" (approx. #9 on the list)

2. Select the PDF Full Text link under the article title

3. Skim the article and scroll down until you reach the last few pages

Is this a scholarly article?

Retrieve articles that are not full text

So far, we have looked at articles that are available as full text. ASC also provides records for articles that are located in other library databases.

1. Select the Result List at the top left of the screen

2. Scroll to the top of the results list

3. Skim the list of results and locate this article: "A RESEARCH NOTE ON POST-DATING RELATIONSHIPS: The Social Embeddedness of Redefining Romantic Couplings" (approx. #84 on the list)

4. Click the title of the article

Look at the menu on the left side of the screen.

Select the   link.

This will open a new window or tab where you can follow the directions to get the full text article from another database or order a copy via document delivery.

If you would like to take the quiz, return to this tab and follow the directions.

The End

You have completed this tutorial.

If you would like to complete the quiz that goes along with this tutorial, continue to the next page.

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz:

Select the Return to the University of Arizona University Libraries icon (in the top right corner of the page)

Click on the right arrow below to begin quiz.

Quiz: Activity - Locate Academic Search Complete:

In the webpage on the right, click on Academic Search Complete.


Off-campus users

You are now in Academic Search Complete.

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 1

You are looking for articles on how affirmative action has impacted racial equality in US colleges and universities. Which keywords will be helpful?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 2

You are looking for information about gray wolves in New Mexico.  Which search will work the best?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 3

You are searching for articles on the use of fad diets amongst women on college campuses. You typed fad diets for women on college campuses, but did not get any results. Which search below will work better?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 4

The following search returns too few articles: buffelgrass Sonoran desert.  Which search will retrieve more articles related to your search?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 5

What can an article's abstract tell you?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 6

Use ASC to locate articles on internet dating.

 

Type in this search: internet dating and success.

 

Locate the article SAFE HAVEN.

 

Based on the abstract, would this article help you answer the question: Are internet dating sites successful in helping people find a lasting relationship?

 

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 7

For this question, stay on the same results page.

 

Locate the article, Take the Data out of Dating.

 

What type of an article is this?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 8

For this question, go back to your results page if you are not already there.

 

Locate the article Impact of Self-Descriptions and Photographs on Mediated Dating Interest.

 

How many pages is this article?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 9

Locate the article How Do I love Thee? (approx. #16)

 

Click on the HTML Full Text link.

 

Look through the article.

 

What type of an article is this?

Quiz: Academic Search Complete (ASC) Quiz: : Question 10

If you were to cite this article using ASC's Cite tool in MLA format, what would be the first word of your citation?

Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.

You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.

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