Start your library search
When starting your search in the Capella University Library, you have two options:
Use the chart below to help decide when to use Summon and when to use a database.
When should I use Summon?
The answer depends on your research need. Different research tools are better for different situations.
|Ability to limit to peer reviewed articles*||Yes||Yes||No|
|Defaults to single basic search box||Yes||No||Yes|
|Searches across multiple library collections||Yes||No|
|Discipline-specific; very focused collection||No||Yes||No|
|Automatic APA citations||Yes||Yes||No|
|Advanced limiters like methodology, research population, company, etc.||No||Yes - Most||No|
|Content carefully selected and maintained by Capella Librarians||Yes||Yes||No|
*According to Ulrichsweb.com, only about 10% of peer reviewed journals are published freely online, so Google has limited ability to provide scholarly articles.
**If your results are not focused, consider using a discipline specific journal collection from the Databases A-Z page (select your subject from the All Subjects drop-down menu to get a list of recommended databases).
Mindset for subject-specific databases
If you have not used online libraries much before, your first few times searching in the subject-specific databases may be a bit intimidating.
The subject databases in the library are designed to give you much more control over your search than either Summon or general Internet search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc.).
In particular you can:
Searching the Subject-Specific Databases in 3 Easy Steps:
To begin, select a Subject from the All Subjects drop-down menu on the Databases A-Z page for a list of recommended databases for that subject. Choose a database from the list. See the Accessing the Library Databases box for additional information on choosing a database.
1. Enter your keywords in separate search boxes. Add any synonyms or related words in the SAME box with OR separating them. See the Search Tips box for additional information on using AND, OR, and Asterisk (*).
EBSCO example: (NOTE: This example is in the Business Source Complete database.)
ProQuest example: (NOTE: This example is in the ABI/INFORM Global database.)
2. Select AB Abstract or All Fields (no full text)-ALL in the field search drop-down menus (best practice). Depending on the number of results you retrieve, you may try other options from these drop-down menus.
3. Select available limits as necessary. Then click search.
4. Review results and click full text to view article.
Journal and Book Locator is the best tool to use if you already know the exact journal that you want to search.
Your assignment requires that you search inside these journals:
To retrieve articles from these journals, follow these steps:
2. Click the Journals tab on the Library Home page. Type the journal title (for example, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc).
3. Click Search. A list of matches appears.
4. Click the database name (for example, Business Source Complete) that appears beside the journal title and year span you want.
5. At this point, you will see either a.) three rows of search fields or b.) the Journal's homepage. If a.), skip to step #8.
Look for Search within this publication. It will normally be at the top of the large list of years at the right.
7. Leave the journal name as it appears in the first search box.
8. Type individual keywords and phrases into the second search box.
Related words and synonyms:
Combine with OR:
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