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HRD110: Freshman Seminar: C) Find an Article

This guide will help you get to know the SUNY Adirondack Library!

Library Search Box

   Start Your Research Here: 

Finding Articles at the SUNY Adirondack Library

This video shows how to search for articles with our search box.

Click Advanced Search and use Boolean logic, truncation and phrase searching to limit your search to get better results quickly. 

You can use a student success topic assigned to you, or words like these:

AND "mobile devices"

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Library Database Search Tips

The library's databases offer more than 80,000 online magazines, newspapers and scholarly peer-reviewed journals.

Before searching for articles, look at these short videos. These tips will find better results quickly!

Summary: Boolean Logic, Truncation, Phrase Searching

1) Boolean Logic 

  • Use these with a database's Advanced Search mode to narrow results quickly.
  • AND overlaps two or more different terms.
  • OR finds more. Use it to add similar ideas on the same search lin: 
    • grades OR learning

Example:  (shows Boolean logic): 

AND learning


2) Truncation:

  • Use the star symbol or asterisk (*) to find different endings for a word, called truncation. 
    • On a keyboard, it's the Shift/8 key.
  • Examples: 
    • sleep* = sleep, sleeps, sleepy, sleeping, etc. 
    • stress* = stress, stresses, stressed, etc.

Example (shows Boolean logic, truncation)

AND stress*


3) Phrase search:

  • To search for two or more words together, put quotation marks around them: "college students"
  • You can also mix and match these techniques - use truncation inside of the quotations: 
    • "mobile devices"
    • "community college*"

Example: (shows Boolean logic, truncation, phrase searching)

AND "mobile devices"