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PTK Honors in Action Research: Finding sources in the library databases

Link to LSC-CyFair Research Databases

Recommended databases

Database search tips

Use individual, descriptive keywords instead of lots of terms together. A Basic Search with all your terms grouped as a phrase might not work so well. This search only got 17 results:




So try an Advanced Search and enter one keyword or phrase per line. You should see a big difference in the number of results:




Most databases have options to limit search results to full text. Be sure to check that option to limit results to articles you can read in full.


Without limiters checked, we have 156 results. After checking Full Text, we go down to 100 results. Fewer to sort through, and we can read every result in full:



Take the time to read abstracts of the articles to see what they're about before you commit to reading the entire article. Mouse over a magnifying glass or click on the title to read the abstract. 




When you find articles that look relevant to your topic, use the tools in the database to work with the articles: email them to yourself, download or print them, and grab the automatic citation in APA. It will save you time in the long run!


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