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FRST 399 : Introduction to Research Methods

Finding Journal Articles

You can search for your topic using Summon. You may wish to limit your search to Scholarly & Peer Review.

You can also search one of these specialized databases to find journal articles and even grey literature (e.g. conference proceedings, government and NGO reports, theses & dissertations). They offer more functionality than Summon.

Tips for Searching Databases

Search syntax

  • Search for a phrase using quotation marks, e.g. "community forestry"
  • Combine search terms with OR to expand a search, e.g. governance OR management
  • Combine search terms with AND to narrow a search, e.g. "community forestry" AND governance
  • Search variations of a word using truncation, e.g. forest* to search forest, forests, forestry
  • Put it altogether using search boxes or parentheses, e.g. "community forest*" AND (governance OR management)

Filters and sorting in Web of Science Core Collection

  • Review articles can provide a good overview of a topic. Filter by Document Type to "Review".
  • Sort by Times Cited so you don't miss key articles in a field.
  • Use Citation Chaining to search forwards (e.g. Times Cited) or backwards (an article's bibliography).