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Academic Search Premier: Search Strategy

How to use Academic Search Premier to search topics and find scholarly journal articles.

What are the best search strategies to use?


Using these "smart searching" tricks will help you get better results:

• Narrow the search by using AND

Example:  organization and diversity management

Result: By using AND, you are telling the database to only show results that contain both "Organization" and "Diversity Managment"


• Broaden the search by using OR

Example:  organization and diversity management or affirmative action

Result: By using OR, you are telling the database to show results that use the term "Diversity Management" or the term "Affirmative Action"


• Broaden the search by using an asterisk to search for different word endings

Example:  organization* and  change

Result: This search will find any word beginning with "organization," including organization, organizations, and organizational

Advanced Search page


Where should I start?

Use a Basic Search to find simple terms.

You may also limit your results:

  • Click Full-Text
  • Click Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Limit by date
  • Limit by publication type: Journal, newspaper, book, primary source, etc.
  • Limit by publication name (Publication must be indexed in Academic Search Premier)
Academic Search Premier
Limit Your Results

 Use Advanced Search to limit your search results:

  • Search more than one term at a time
  • Limit your search terms to words in the title or words in the abstract or subject.

For example, for articles on the topic depression you will get thousands of results.  Better to do an advance search and limit your search to depression as a subject and add more terms to focus the results.

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