Primary indexes for journal 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.
- 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.