Use only the important words rather than a full sentence or question.
Use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words in a specific order.
Searches are not case sensitive.
Step 1: Brainstorm search terms or keywords on your topic before you start your search. One way to do this is write out your question or statement and pull out the important words.
Example: What are the best interventions for teenagers with eating disorders?
Important words: intervention, teenagers, eating disorders
One way to brainstorm: Go to Google Scholar and type in a word (for example, eating disorder) about your topic. Use quotation marks if you are using a phrase. Now scan the list of results and read over the titles and summaries of related works to pick up words related to your topic.
Find synonyms for the other important words.
Step 2: Put the search terms together - intervention adolescent eating disorders
Step 3: Go to Google Scholar and try your search!
connects you to USC's subscriptions to journals and databases. Click on the link to get the full-text article or information on how to get the full-text.
1. The link took me to a USC page with the article's citation, with this message - Content is available via the following links.
2. The link brought me to another page (may look like the journal's site) with the article's citation and a bunch of links on it.
3. The link brough me to a page with the message The article is not available on the Web through USC.
Google Scholar allows you to limit your results to the latest articles. Type in a custom date range on the left side of the results page and this will only bring up the articles published within those years.
Click on the Check USC Libraries link to check if USC Libraries has access to the article via another database or if it's only available in print. And you can request the article directly from the document delivery department from this page.
The Cited by link provides a list of other items that used the article in their reference list.
The Related articles link will list items similar to the article you are viewing.
Set your Google Scholar preferences to access journals and databases USC subscribes to via the Find It @ USC links.
To set your preferences:
1. Go to http://scholar.google.com
2. Go to the upper-left hand side of the page and click on More link - 3 horizontal lines.
3. Select the Settings link.
4. Select Library Links on the next page.
4. In the search box, type in University of Southern California or USC then click the blue magnifying glass button.
5. Check the box next to University of Southern California - Find It @ USC.
6. Select Save.