Expanded Academic ASAP

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Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the subject index, create an effective advanced search, and refine your results in Expanded Academic ASAP.

This database is multidisciplinary and contains both scholarly and popular articles.

You’ll experience a research scenario that highlights the scholarly and popular content in Expanded Academic ASAP.

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Basic Search

You recently watched a television program on PBS about global warming and the subsequent rise in sea levels.  A few days following the program you were involved in a discussion with friends about it.  You've decided to explore this topic a little further to find and share some articles with your friends.

In Expanded Academic ASAP there are a number of ways to search for information.

  • Basic Search
  • Subject Guide Search
  • Publication Search
  • Advanced Search
  • Term Clusters
Let's start with a Basic Search and then try the Subject Guide Search.
 
1.) In the Basic Search box type in global warming and click the magnifying glass icon to start the search.  
 
This is a basic search using a keyword and will likely yield the broadest list of results.
 

How many results do you see?

Subject Guide Search

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A basic keyword search on a broad, popular topic like global warming will yield thousands of results.  The database is searching for the keywords global warming in several different fields including titles, introductory text, authors, and subject terms.  With a keyword search, some of the results may be more relevant than others.

To conduct a more relevant and specific search for global warming as a subject, the subject index is an important search feature to understand.

In Expanded Academic ASAP, the Subject Guide Search allows you to search the subject index.  Many databases will just refer to it as Subject.

Let's try using the Subject Guide Search for this topic.

1) Click on the Subject Guide Search option in the orange bar at the top of the screen.

2) In the search box labeled Subject Guide Search type in global warming and click the magnifying glass icon to start the search.

3.) Now, you should see a list of Subject Terms, global warming being one of them.

How many total results do you see listed for the subject term Global Warming?

4.) Click on the link labeled Subdivisions to see all the subject sub-categories within global warming.

How many results do you see for the Global Warming subdivision Environmental aspects?

Subject Guide Search

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5.) Click on the subdivision link for Environmental aspects.

Now, you should have over 900 results in your list having to do with the subject Global Warming -- Environmental aspects.

Let's refine that list of results.

6.) Check the box next to only full text located in the left column of your screen.

7.) Since your topic also includes the rise of sea levels, type in sea level rise in the Search within results box located at the top of the left column of your screen.  Then, click on the magnifying glass icon in the Search within results box to start the search.

8.) With your new list of results, in the left column under Document Types click on the link labeled Article.

You now have a list of full text articles from academic journals.

Let's take a look at the magazine articles.

9.) In the left column click on the link labeled Magazines under Your Results.  Then, reapply the full text and article limiters by checking the box next to only full text and the link labeled Article under Document Types.  Type in sea level rise in the Search within results box and click on the magnifying glass icon to start the search. 

How many full text magazine articles do you see in the results?

 

10.) Click into one of the articles and take note of the Tools available.

 

 

Let's try an Advanced Search with your topic.

Advanced Search

An Advanced Search allows you to create a very specific search most useful when you are looking for a very specific set of results.

1.) Click on the Advanced Search option in the orange bar at the top of the screen.

2.) Now that we know global warming is a subject term, type in global warming in the first search box and change the field its searching in to Subject.

3.) In the second box, type in sea level rise and leave the field as keyword.

4.) Leave the Boolean Operator between these two boxes AND.

Let's make our topic even more specific.  Perhaps we want to make sure that the articles are about global warming and sea level rise but not California.

5.) In the third box, type in California leaving the field as keyword and change the Boolean Operator between the second and third box to NOT.

So, your Advanced Search should look like this.

6.) Click on the Search button.

7.) Once you see your list of results, check the box next to only full text in the left column of the screen. This is your list of full text academic journal articles.

8.) Click on Magazines under Your Results in the left column and again check the box next to only full text.  This is your list of full text magazine articles.

How many full text academic journal and magazine articles are in your results list?

 

Remember, if you click into any one of the articles, you can print, email, download, cite, bookmark, share, and translate it.

Conclusion

You have completed this tutorial and learned how to use the subject index, create an effective advanced search, and refine your results in Expanded Academic ASAP.

These advanced searching skills can be transferred to other databases as well.

We encourage you to spend more time exploring Expanded Academic ASAP database and its variety of features with topics that interest you.

If you have questions about this tutorial or any one of the ELM databases, please contact us.

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