Searching in Academic Search Premier

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This tutorial gives tips on searching in the Academic Search Premier article collection. The tutorial covers:

  • what's in Academic Search Premier
  • search tips
  • how to find the full text of articles
  • useful research tools

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What is Academic Search Premier?

Academic Search Premier is an article search engine that provides articles published in thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers.  Some of the information meets an even higher academic standard and is considered scholarly, or peer-reviewed.  

Academic Search Premier enables you to search for articles in many different ways, including topic and author.


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This is the fun part!  Let's say you are interested in doing research on personality.  Type that term, personality, in the top search box and click on the Search button to the right.

What happens?  

 Woman looking quizzical


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Whoa! Over 100,000 articles!   

Let’s look for ideas in the results you have and narrow your search. Scan the article titles in the first screen of results.  What are you finding? What looks interesting to you?

As you scroll down, let's say you find an article on competitiveness. If you are interested in personality and the desire to win or competition, you can adjust your search to include that aspect of the topic.  

Now, type competition in the SECOND search box and click Search again.







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What did adding a second term do to your search?

But this is still a lot of articles.  Is there another way to find articles that are primarily about personality and competition?   


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Yes! There is another approach that can be helpful.  To understand it, we will take a closer look at one of the articles.

Look through the results to find the article "Older Sisters and Younger Brothers: The Impact of Siblings on Preference for Competition."  Click on the title to get into the full record.  

You'll see a list of Subject Terms in the middle of the record. This is the language the database uses to identify articles on our topic.

Screenshot of subject terms

We can limit a search to these subject terms, or main topics designated by the database.  

Go to the next page to see how to do this.


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Look on the right side of each search box at the top of the screen (the place where you typed in your terms).

Change the Select a Field (optional) box to SU Subject Terms for both personality and competition.

Click Search.

search interface showing how to search in subject field

Now how many articles are in the results?

After searching for articles with the main subjects of personality and competition, how many results are there?


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What if you need scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles for your research, or if you want to get some background information for your topic from magazine and newspaper articles?

On the left side of the results list, below Source Types, click the Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals check box.  



Compared to the previous search, how many of the articles in your result list are from peer reviewed journals?

You can also see a number of other ways to limit your results on the left side of the window.

Getting the Article

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Really, this is the fun part!  You've found something great and want to dive into it.  

But wait, even if you click on the title of the article, what you are viewing isn't the whole article.  

If the article is available in this database, you will see either a html full text or a pdf full text icon on the left side of the page. Clicking on those icons will take you to the full article.

images of html and pdf full text icons

But what if those icons aren't there...? (go to the next page!)

Getting the Article

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In place of the full text icons, you may see an ArticleLinker icon. ArticleLinker is a guide that will help you find the full article if it's not in this article database. Follow the steps to get to your article.

Article Linker guide to full text icon

 Find more details about using ArticleLinker.


Note: If you are not a student at the Logan campus, you will need to request any articles that are not electronically available through Interlibrary Loan.  Use the link within ArticleLinker to do this.

Useful Tools

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Academic Search Premier has some other useful tools, including the option to avoid the tedious activity of formatting citations!

Within the article record in Academic Search Premier (remember, you get there by clicking on the title of the article in the result list), on the right side, is an icon that looks like a sheet of paper.      

cite icon

Click on it to see your article formatted in a number of citation styles.  Scroll down to find the one you need, and then copy and paste it into your bibliography.  Of course, make sure you look over the citation with a citation guide to make sure there aren't any mistakes.

Useful Tools

2 of 2Look at the other options below Tools (on the right side of an article record).

What other great things does Academic Search Premier allow me to do with an article?

Want more ideas? Need some help?

Congratulations! You have now completed the tutorial.

The library also has a collection of quick how to guides to help you with your research.

You can also get help from a librarian.

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Happy researching!





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