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Searching Databases at Chaffey College: Vocational Studies Complete

Using Vocational Studies Complete Effectively

1. Type in search term(s) in box(es) near top of search page.

Sample search of Academic Search Complete

2.Specifically need an academic journal article? Check the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals under the Limit your results section under the search boxes. See the Why Use Academic Journals box to the left as to why journal articles can be such a useful resource for research.

Limit your results section on Academic Search Complete search page

3. If the results set for your search is large, there are additional options for refining your search on the left side of the results page, such as by Publication Date.

Refine your results section on results page in Academic Search Complete 

4. Another area of the results page that can be very useful is the Narrow Results by section on the lower left of the page. For instance, the Subject area may list other terms related to your topic that may provide more relevant results when searched. Check box(es) next to terms and click the Update button to narrow your current results set.

Refining by Subject on Results page in Academic Search Complete

5. One useful way to scan the results for articles more likely to be relevant for your research needs is that if you find a title of an article that sounds promising, move the mouse over the magnifying glass icon just to the right of the article title. A pop-up window will appear with more information about the article including an abstract, a short summary paragraph of what is covered in the article.

Viewing the article abstract in Academic Search Complete

6. Icons and/or links for printing, downloading or emailing the full-text of an article as well as a citation tool are located to the right of the full-text page.

Using Academic Search Complete & Ebsco Databases (Video)

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