This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases.
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Magazine, journal, and newspaper focus on a specific aspect of a topic. Therefore, what you type into the search box needs to be specific.
Select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic. Put the word AND between each new term; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.
U2 AND religion
Use quotation marks ( " " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.
"civil war" AND music
Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using censor* as a search term will include results that refer to censor, censors, censored, censoring, and censorship.
censor* AND Shostakovich
Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weeks, months, etc.). Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals. It is important to understand what kind of periodical will have the articles you need. More information on finding peer-reviewed articles.