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PS3900 u09a1 Library Research Guide

Finding Journal Articles

How do I find scholarly articles?

The Databases A-Z page is the gateway to finding millions of scholarly articles in the library, but searching the databases is different than searching Google or other search engines.



Learn More! Review our Search Strategy tutorial to learn how to save time with a good search.

Finding Articles for Your Assignment

Your assignment asks you to "Outline, detail, and discuss the seven components that are the spokes in the wheel of terrorism."  This guide will help you formulate a search for the 7 spokes in the wheel of terrorism.  If you need clarification about your assignment, please contact your instructor.

Below are boxes with general directions and search strategy tips for finding journal articles.  To the left are links to Basic and Advanced library guides if you need a research skills refresher.

Click on the Search Strategy in ISCTRC Database tab above this box to see example search strategies for researching this topic in the suggested database, International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center (ISCTRC).


Search Tips

KeywordsSearch only the main words that most accurately describe your research topic. Brainstorm synonyms or related terms.

Commands: Use these terms to connect your keywords.

  • AND - Limits your search, as results must include both words. (economy AND stimulus). AND is built in between advanced search boxes.
  • OR - Expands your search, as results can contain either of the words. Type OR to link synonyms. (dogs OR canines)

Limit Your Search

  • Search your keywords in the Abstract for precise results.
  • Limit to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) journals using the checkbox.

Expand Your Search

  • Asterisk (*) will search for articles that contain the root word with any ending. (analy* = analyze, analysis, analytically)

Call or email the Capella library staff for more tips.