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4) Find Journal Articles: Search Tips

A University of Lethbridge Library guide to finding journal articles.

Starting your search: Narrowing your search

Search strategies help you narrow your search results when searching for research materials.

When searching databases or the Library Catalogue for research materials, consider the following:

Does your topic...

have distinctive words or phrases?

have NO distinctive words or phrases you can think of? You have only common or general terms that get the "wrong" pages.

seek an overview of a broad topic?

specify a narrow aspect of a broad or common topic?

have synonymous, equivalent terms, or variant spellings or endings that need to be included?

Click the links in the sidebar under "Search Strategies" to learn several techniques for refining your search results.

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