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Academic Search Ultimate searches results differently than a web search engine.
For example, if you are searching for articles on America's favorite family, The Simpsons, you would probably search "Simpsons."
Let's try that here.
You got over 30,000 articles! That is a lot to go through.
Let's figure out why!
These articles are not related to your search.
Why did the database return these results.
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!
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 so we can 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 paper related to "The Simpsons" and education
Which article would you choose if your were looking for research on teaching humanities using popular culture?
Academic Search Ultimate has the full text of thousands of articles. You will also see results for articles that are available in other databases.
In which formats is this article available?
Don't like writing citations? The database will do it for you!
The different citation styles are listed.You can copy and paste one into your own document.
These aren't perfect citations; you should consult a style manual to check order and placement of punctuation.
Academic Search Ultimate allows you to email what you find.
Enter an email address and the database will send an email with the article record.
Remember, Academic Search Ultimate 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
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