This page includes strategies and techniques to help make your search for information more effective and efficient:
Use these interactive tutorials to practice finding information on your topic using a database.
When you're looking at search results in a database you're going to see a few different ways to get to the full article, usually either...
Both of these will take you to the article!
Clicking on the Get Full Text (MCPHS) button will open a new window to take you directly to the full article, or if the Libraries don't have a copy you can immediately request one through Interlibrary Loan. Hint: if you get a yellow bar at the top of your screen prompting you to click it, click it!
Connect Google Scholar and the MCPHS Libraries to get to the full-text articles you find. Don't skip or pay for articles - check the Library first!
Next time you're searching, look for the Get Full Text (MCPHS) link next to each search result.
Don't see it? Click on more underneath the result.
|Type of Resources||
|eResource||Any electronic research material: online journal articles, ebooks, websites, etc.|
|Database||A searchable collection of articles and other academic writings available through the Libraries. You'll find these on the Articles & Databases sections of Research Guides.|
|Catalog||Where you can search for locations of books, videos, and links to eResources.|
|Research Guide||A small website organized by a Librarian around a subject, course or topic so that it's easy to find the print and eResources for it. (For example, this is a Research Guide!)|
|Library Website||The digital front door to the MCPHS Libraries; your access point for all our services and resources.|
|Smart Search||The main search box on the Library's homepage. It's a single search option that allows users to search nearly all of our online content, including our catalog, online journal holdings, and the great majority of our databases.|
|I'm Looking for...||Try this Type of Source...|
|Background information||An reference source through the Library, like Britannica.|
|A scholarly article||MCPHS Smart Search, or one of the Library's subject specific databases.|
|A deep-dive on a topic||A book written by an expert in the field.|
|Quick information about a specific drug, disease or treatment.||A point-of-care resource like Micromedex, Lexicomp or DynaMed|
Connects different concepts (keywords).
Narrows down the number of results.
Expands the number of results.
Excludes a concept.
Use with extreme caution (even librarians don't use this one much).
...uses the asterisk (*) to end a word at its core, allowing you to retrieve many more documents containing variations of the search term. Truncation can also be used to find the singular and plural forms of a term. Example: educat* will find educate, educates, education, educators, educating and more.
...is when you put quotations marks around two or more words, so that the database looks for those words in that exact order. Examples: "higher education," "public health" and "pharmaceutical industry."
... is when you read the reference list of an article to find potential additional sources for your own research AND when you use a citation database (eg Scopus, Google Scholar) to find more recent publications that have cited the article you're already using.