Journal articles provide in-depth scholarly information for your research. They are vetted and improved by peer review prior to publication. They form an important part of the communication network that makes research available, prompts discussion, and identifies new issues to resolve.
When searching in journal databases, these strategies will get better results:
* Truncation: Shorten search words with an asterisk to get all the forms
war* will get war/s, warrior/s, warlike
OR: Link synonyms with OR and group them with parentheses
(lying or crafty or sly)
AND: Combine topics that you want to see together
odysseus and dog and return
" " Phrase: Use quotation marks to search for words together in that order
Focus: Choose where the database is searching. It may be set automatically for keyword. You can make the search more precise by looking instead for title words only or for subjects.
Results: Look at the articles retrieved and change search terms for additional results
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