Library provides access to a rich collection of periodicals in both print and e-formats. The collection includes:
There can be more than one way to get the information we need. To find journal articles we can go for both Google Scholar and library databases. However, search results can vary depending on the coverage of sources and their searching mechanism.
Understanding the difference among these platforms can help you choose where to go when you have a specific research need.
You can search for scholarly articles in OneSearch as well. You may search by keywords or title of the article.
Watch this video to learn how to find and access articles in OneSearch:
You may also refer to the steps below:
To search articles in Google Scholar, we suggest that you access Google Scholar via the Library homepage, especially when you are out of campus. By doing this you will be able to directly access the full text of the articles (we subscribed to) through PolyU eLinks.
Follow the steps below:
You may also change the setting in your Google Scholar to link it up with Library subscribed databases. This is identical to clicking on Google Scholar@PolyU via Library homepage.
Searching within a database helps you narrow your search as the coverage of the database can be very selective. Some databases focus on one specific area, which can help you filter out the contents that are not relevant to the subject; some may cover peer-reviewed journals only, to ensure the articles covered are of certain quality. Almost all databases will provide an Advanced Search option, which allows you to search in a more precise way, e.g. search within article title, journal title, or subject terms (that are tagged to each article). This helps you find the most relevant results quickly and effectively. Browse list of databases below:
Note that login with NetID is required to access the following databases off campus.
Follow the steps below to find an article in one specific database:
Most databases allow to refine search results by Year, Author, Subject Area, Document Type, etc. or sort results by Relevance, Date of publication, Citation counts, etc. These all help you quickly locate the articles you desire.
To find the full-text PDF, click on PolyU eLinks. This will link you to the options where full-text is available.
Web of Science and Scopus are two large multidisciplinary citation databases. They do not provide full-text articles, but they are very helpful for exploring related articles by looking at citing articles (who cited the article) and references (who have been cited by the article). If you do not have an idea of which databases or journals to go for, you may start with these two.
Sometimes you may be unable to get the full text of a journal article because the library does not have a journal subscription. In this case, you can request a copy of the article via our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
Details can be found at the below guide.
AND combines search terms so that each result contains all of the terms. AND narrows your search.
e.g.: youth AND drug finds articles that contain both youth and drug.
OR combines search terms so that each result contains at least one of the terms. OR is often used to connect synonyms or similar concepts. OR broadens your search.
e.g.: youth OR teenager finds articles that contain either youth or teenager or both.
NOT excludes terms so that each result does not contain the term that follows it. NOT narrows your search.
e.g.: drug NOT alcohol finds articles that contain drug but exclude alcohol.
Truncations (*) and wildcards (?, #) are used to include different spellings therefore broadens your search.
Truncation and wildcard symbols may vary by database. Check the Help page in the database to learn the symbols and operators that database supports. (or, google database name + "operator" to locate the search help page directly)
Phrase search is used to search the specific expression or concepts. Usually quotation marks "" are used to search the exact phrase. Phrase search narrows your search.
In some databases, quotation marks cannot be used with truncation or wildcards. e.g.: "knowledge shar*". Do check the Help page in the database to learn the symbols and operators that database supports.
|Subject Heading searching
Keywords are natural language words or phrases that describe the search topic.
Keyword searching looks for the keywords in any field of the record (if not specified).
Subject headings are a group of "controlled vocabularies" that describe the content of each item. These controlled vocabularies are usually given by subject specialists or indexers.
Subject heading searching looks for the subject heading terms in the subject heading field (e.g. Subject, Subject Terms) of the record.
Commonly used subject headings include MeSH and Emtree, both are used to search biomedical literature.