You can discover and access articles to use in your research in multiple ways:
- Browsing through specific journals
- Looking up specific articles based on citation information (for example from a bibliography in an article or book)
- Searching databases using terms relevant to your research interest
To find a specific online journal that you would like to browse you can use our eJournal Finder to search by journal title.
If you have the citation for an article and you would like to determine if we have access to it through our many subscriptions and collections you can use our Article Finder search tool to find it.
If you don't have a specific journal or article in mind for your search you probably want to use one or more of the databases that we subscribe to to search for articles that are relevant to your research topic. Below are listed some of the key Earth & Planetary Science databases that you might want to consider using as a starting point in your research.
While specific search options vary somewhat between databases, the following general guidelines are useful when composing your search terms:
Think about your topic and separate it into separate concepts
1) Vocabulary - Synonyms
2) Search construction - Boolean logic/Set theory
- AND = Intersection of two sets
- OR = Union of two sets
Connect synonyms with the 'OR'
Connect separate concepts with 'AND'
3) Defining search phrases - Place phrases (i.e. words that occur together in a specific order) you want to search for in quotes to signal that the search should be executed as a phrase search instead of a search for a list of individual words.