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Searching for Scholarly Articles

Some basics on finding relevant articles.


With your question(s), break down them down to get the required and essential terms.

TIP: Do not use small words from your assignment or research question such as, "an", "on", "the", "it is", "a", "to" OR "have" etc.

Use what is left. In this case the larger words, like: develop, argument, best, nursing degree, nurse's aid. TIP: Begin with one word at a time. You may not need all the words.

For example  type in "nursing degree" (TIP: The quotes are used to indicate the sequence you want the words to appear in the article. If the quotes are not used the two words will appear in two different places in articles.) and search.

Review the results.

Then type in "nurse" and in the other box "degree" without the quotes. See the difference?

Review the results. Look for other terms you can add to your search.