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Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to find full-text articles in MasterFILE Premier (MFP) while discovering a variety of search techniques and features to refine your results.

This database is multidisciplinary and contains a strong collection of popular and general interest articles.

You’ll experience three scenarios, Product Reviews, Political Debate, and General Interest, that highlight the variety of popular content in MasterFILE Premier (MFP).

Use the arrows below to navigate sequentially through the tutorial or use the Contents button above to skip between sections.

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Part 1, Locating Popular Articles - Product Reviews

You've decided to purchase a new tablet computer. You're excited but feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the choices. So, you've decided to locate a few product reviews that will help you decide which device will best suit your needs with the following research question.

What are the current reviews saying about various tablet computers?

Typically, the first step in research is to identify keywords in your question with which to search. Keywords are the main words (or phrases) that represent your question or topic and will help you find relevant articles.

However, in this case you are looking for a very specific type of article that can be located by utilizing a search option in MasterFILE Premier's Advanced Search with one basic search term, tablet.

Advanced Searching MFP, Scenario 1

Let's try searching specifically for tablet product reviews. To do this:

1. Click on Advanced Search, a link located just below the search box.

2. Type the keyword, tablet, into the first MFP search box.

3. In the Search Options below, locate the scrolling menu under Document Type and select product review.

4. Click Search.

How many results did you get?

Refining Your Results to Full Text

Despite the large number of results and after scanning at least the first page, you should notice that the articles are relevant.

But you've probably noticed, too, that not all your search results are full-text articles.

Let's try refining your results to full-text only.

In the left-hand navigation bar under Refine Results, click the box next to Full Text.

Now, there are only full-text articles in your search results. However, you still have over 1,000 results.

Refining Your Results to a Publication

Let's try refining your results to a specific publication.

1. In the left-hand navigation bar towards the bottom click on Publication and a menu of magazine choices should appear.

2. Click the box next to Consumer Reports.

How many results do you now have after refining to full-text articles only in Consumer Reports?

Accessing Full-Text Articles

To access the full-text articles, click on the links for either PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text to see the article. Once you have one of the articles open look to see what Tools are available to you (located to the far right on your screen).

You can print, email, or bookmark the article. Additionally, you can see multiple citation formats for the article as well as add it to your folder to save for a later time.

Now, you have quickly found several relevant full-text product review articles on tablet computers from Consumer Reports.

MasterFILE Premier has many magazines that provide good product review articles.

If you'd like to go back and look at product reviews from other magazines, simply click on the Result List link in the upper left hand corner of your screen.  Then, click on the X next to Consumer Reports in the Current Search section at the top of the left-hand navigation bar. Then, select another magazine under Publication.

The Refine Results section keeps track of all the refinements you make to your search results.

Part 2, Locating Popular Articles - Political Debate

What you thought was going to be a quiet, small gathering of friends for a picnic at the lake turned into a hot debate about gun control in the United States. Your friends made good arguments on both sides of the issue. Not sure which friend you agreed with most, you decided to explore this topic a little further by locating articles for yourself from each side of the debate with the following research question.

What are the various perspectives on the gun control debate?

Searching MFP, Scenario 2

Typically, the first step is to identify keywords in your question with which to search. You may remember from Part 1 that keywords are the main words (or phrases) that represent your question or topic and will help you find relevant articles.

However, like Part 1, this scenario is a bit of an exception to the rule. Because you need to find lots of different articles on a broad topic like gun control, it’s best to keep your keywords very simple to start.

After you find a variety of articles on gun control, you may discover that you want to dig deeper into a more specific part of that topic for which you would develop a more specific research question. For example, you may be interested in searching for information on recent gun legislation or researching on a parallel topic such as measures to reduce gun violence.

For now, let’s look at the broad topic of gun control in the United States.

Searching MFP, Scenario 2

Let’s try the following keywords in a search.

1. To start a new search click on the Basic Search link just below the search boxes you used for Advanced Search in scenario 1.  Or you can always click on the New Search link in the upper left hand corner of your screen for a fresh start.

2. Type these keywords into the search box leaving a space between each search term and putting quotes around the keywords gun control: “gun control” United States

(In this scenario gun control should be searched as one phrase rather than two separate keywords. In other words, the two words take on a new meaning when put together. Putting quotes around the phrase will ensure that the keywords get searched together as one concept, “gun control” not gun and control.)

3. Click Search.

How many results did you get?

Refining Your Results to Full Text

You have thousands of results which is a good start for this topic.

However, now it’s important to narrow the list to a more manageable number of results. So, let’s start refining these results to full text only and with a publication date within the last two years.

1. In the left-hand navigation bar under Refine Results, click the box next to Full Text.

2. Slide the Publication Date so that it reads from 2011-2013.

How many results did you get when applying the full-text and publication date options?

Refining Your Results to a Publication

Now, you have hundreds of current, full text articles on the broad topic of gun control in the United States. Many of these articles will be addressing a side or perspective to the debate. Though, you still have a lot of articles to manage. Let’s explore one more way to refine your results, by publication. This will not only help you manage the number of results but also give you a way to manage and differentiate the perspectives you read.

1. In the left-hand navigation bar towards the bottom click on Publication and a menu of magazine choices should appear.

2. At the end of that menu, click on the link “Show More” in order to see all your magazine choices.

3. Click the box next to National Review.

4. Click Update.

After selecting the publication National Review, you should see less than twenty current, full text articles on the topic of gun control in the United States.

To scan the article abstracts (summaries) mouse over the little magnifying glass next to the article titles.

Refining Your Results to a Publication

Let’s try selecting a different publication to get another perspective.

1. Click on the X next to National Review in the Current Search section at the top of the left-hand navigation bar.

2. Scroll down to the Publication menu at the bottom of the left-hand navigation bar and select another magazine. Try selecting Time, Newsweek, or Mother Jones to get other perspectives. You can select one or multiple magazines.

Accessing Full-Text Articles

Remember from Part 1, to access the full-text article, simply click on the links for either PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text. Once you have the articles open look to see what Tools are available to you (located to the far right on your screen).

You can print, email, or bookmark the article. Additionally, you can see multiple citation formats for the article as well as add it to your folder to save for a later time.

Now, you have quickly found a variety of relevant full-text articles on the political debate of gun control in the United States.

MasterFILE Premier has many magazines that offer a wide variety of political perspectives and commentary.

Part 3, Locating Popular Articles - General Interest

While waiting at your dentist's office, you picked up a copy of Smithsonian and an article about wildlife smuggling caught your eye and captured your curiosity. Later, you decided to search for more articles on this topic with the following research question.

What are the affects of wildlife smuggling?

Searching MFP, Scenario 3

Like Parts 1 & 2, for this scenario you are looking for articles on the broad topic of wildlife smuggling. So, it's best to keep your keywords very simple to start.  

After you find a variety of articles on wildlife smuggling, you may discover that you want to dig deeper into a more specific part of that topic for which you would develop a more specific research question. For example, you may be interested in searching for information on recent legislation or the ecological impacts of wildlife smuggling.  Or you may even want to focus on the smuggling of wildlife that's happening in a particular country.

For now, let’s look at the broad topic of wildlife smuggling using those search terms as our keywords.

As previously explained, keywords are the main words (or phrases) that represent your research question or topic and will help you find relevant articles.

Searching MFP, Scenario 3

Let’s try the following keywords in a search.

1. To start a new search click on the Basic Search link just below the search box you used for Part 2.  Or you can always click on the New Search link in the upper left hand corner of your screen for a fresh start.

2. Type these keywords into the search box leaving a space between each search term and putting quotes around them: "wildlife smuggling” 

(Like Part 2, this scenario on wildlife smuggling should be searched as one phrase rather than two separate keywords. In other words, the two words take on a new meaning when put together. Putting quotes around the phrase will ensure that the keywords get searched together as one concept, "wildlife smuggling" not wildlife and smuggling.)

3. Click Search.

How many results did you get?

Refining Your Results to Full Text & Publication

You have many results which is a good start for this topic.

Now it's time to narrow the list, however, to a more meaningful number of results.

So, let’s start refining these results to full text only and to a specific publication.

1. In the left-hand navigation bar under Refine Results, click the box next to Full Text.

2. In the left-hand navigation bar towards the bottom click on Publication and a menu of magazine choices should appear.

3. Click the box next to New Scientist.

After selecting the publication New Scientist, you should see less than 10 specific and relevant, full-text articles addressing wildlife smuggling each focusing on a different perspective.

To scan the article abstracts (summaries) mouse over the little magnifying glass next to the article titles.

Accessing Full-Text Articles

Remember from Part 1 & 2, to access the full-text article, simply click on the links for either PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text. Once you have the articles open look to see what Tools are available to you (located to the far right on your screen).

You can print, email, or bookmark the article. Additionally, you can see multiple citation formats for the article as well as add it to your folder to save for a later time.

Now, you have quickly found a variety of relevant full-text articles on wildlife smuggling.

MasterFILE Premier has many magazines that offer a wide variety of general interest articles.

Conclusion

You have completed this tutorial and learned how to find full-text product review, political commentary, and general interest articles in MasterFILE Premier (MFP) while discovering a few of the search techniques and features to refine your results.

We encourage you to spend some time to try out more features searching for content on topics that interest you. Take a look at the left-hand navigation bar in your search results, for instance. And try narrowing your search in a variety of ways or try out the advanced search.

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

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