When searching for journal articles in VSU’s databases, here are some important strategies to keep in mind.
Try: "August Wilson" AND Fences AND themes"
Helps narrow your search. Take the example from above:
August Wilson AND Fences
We tell the search to look for all articles that contain both of these phrases “August Wilson” AND “Fences”.
Helps broaden your search. We tell the search that we will accept both possibilities in our search results. Oftentimes, synonyms are linked using OR.
Example: themes OR motifs
Can help make your search more precise. If a result that is different than what you intended keeps dominating your search results, you can use NOT to remove it.
Example: If you were interested in the play Fences but keep getting results about the movie:
"August Wilson" AND Fences NOT "Denzel Washington"
*When searching for journal articles, your sources are most likely required to be scholarly/peer reviewed/refereed.
So instead of: August Wilson
Try: "August Wilson"
Example: (themes OR motifs)
If you have a citation and you would like to know if the library has access to the article, you can use Journals A-Z to find out.
In the above example: Applied Linguistics is the title of the journal.
You can access Journals A-Z from Odum Library's home page.
1. Click on Journals A-Z.
2. Enter journal title in the Find e-Journal by Title search box and click Search.
Example: Applied Linguistics.
3. Find the corresponding journal title in the search results. Click on View Online.
4. Examine the information in the View Online tab. This shows the access that Odum Library has to the title in question. Some journal titles will be available from multiple sources but have different availability or access depending on the database or publisher.
Example: Applied Linguistics is available from Oxford University Press. Odum Library has access to journal articles between 1/1/1996 to Present.
5. Click on the blue link after Full text available at:
6. In the database or on the publisher's website, use additional information from the citation (like author, year, article title, volume, issue, page number) to locate the article.
You can also use the journal title to search in the library's catalog for online access or physical copies of the journal. If necessary, you can refine your results by selecting Journals under Format on the left hand side of the page.
If the journal is available in print at Odum Library, you will see the "Available at" and the location of the item in the result list. If the journal is available electronically, you will see Online Access in the result list.
Example: According to the image below, Odum Library only has access to this journal online. .
Print journals are located on the first floor of the library. They are arranged alphabetically by title (does not include the, an, a).
Do you have questions about searching within a specific journal?
We want to help: Contact the Reference Desk.