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Primary indexes for journal articles

Finding Articles

Information skills are important for research.  Applying these skills can be considered a multi-step process:

  • Identify what information is needed
  • Identify the appropriate information (indexes to the literature will help)
  • Locate the specific articles or items and get the information
  • Evaluate the quality of the information

Library research skills will help you learn how to identify and locate materials.
Subject knowledge will help you evaluate relevant materials

The Library provides materials not freely available on the web, such as:

  • peer reviewed research literature,
  • current subscriptions,
  • older materials not on the web,
  • selected citation databases only available through subscriptions.

Search tips:

  • Use key words to find appropriate descriptors/identifiers or subject headings,
  • Use descriptors/identifiers or subject headings for more precise searching,
  • Use scientific names,
  • Use “and” to narrow a search (include both terms),
  • Use “or” to broaden a search (include either term),
  • Use word-building searching.

    Writing helps

    Library Basics

    Use the catlogs to find books, journals, or other items owned by the libraries.

    • LibCat
      Catalog for TAMU libraries except MSL
    • MSLcatalog
      Medical Sciences Library catalog
    • Get it for me
      A service provided by the TAMU Libraries to provide .pdf copies of articles not available online.

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