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Basics of Using InfoTrac

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Step 1:

Click on "Continue" in order to search all of the databases at once.

If you prefer to search one database specific to a certain subject, just click on the highlighted title of the database. For example, for health and medical information, click on "Health Reference Center Academic."

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Step 2:

In order to find articles with specific keywords in the article, click on the "Basic Search" link.
The "Basic Search" link will be in the upper left part of the screen.

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Step 3:

For this example, let's try to find information about the ethics of using stem cells.

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  • Within the Basic Search box, type just the keywords of ethics and "stem cells." Use "and" between keywords and you can use quotes around key phrases such as "stem cells."

  • Make sure that there is a black dot in the white circle next to "Keyword." If no dot is there, then click within the circle.
    NOTE: "Keyword" searches for the words in the title, citation, and abstract. It provides a more precise search than "Entire document" searching. However, if "Keyword" searching does not get what you want then please search again clicking within the white circle next to "Entire document" to get more results.
  • Click on "More Search Options."

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Step 4:

Most students want InfoTrac to retrieve only those articles that will include the full-text (entire text) of the article. If you want the full-text, then click within the small white box next to "to documents with full text." A check mark should appear within the box.

Some instructors require students to obtain only scholarly journals that are peer-reviewed or refereed. If you click within the white box next to "to peer-reviewed publications", InfoTrac will present articles from only scholarly journals.
However, this search will not present magazine articles which will give you less of a selection.

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Step 5: According to the image below, InfoTrac will:

  • Search for full-text articles that contain the word ethics and the phrase stem cells within the title, citation, and abstract.
  • Search for magazines and "peer-reviewed" scholarly journal articles. InfoTrac will not look for just "peer-reviewed" scholarly articles.

If you click on the "Search" button, InfoTrac will perform the search.

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Step 6: The "Magazines" tab is highlighted to show that the list of citations is for magazine articles. If you want information from journals then click on the "Academic Journals" tab. (Journals are regarded to have more scholarly information than magazines.)

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The search found 77 magazine articles. A long list of citations (title, author, publication) is provided. In order to browse through this list, use the down arrow on the side of the screen to scroll down through the list.

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Step 7:

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  • After scrolling down the list, entry 7 looks pretty good. This citation tells us that the title of the article is "Some Hope on Stem Cells." The author is "Mortimer B. Zuckerman." The article can be found starting on page 76 in the September 11, 2006 issue of the magazine called "U.S. News & World Report ."
  • In order to see the entire text of the article on the computer screen, all you have to do is click on the
    "Full-text"
    link.

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Basics of Using InfoTrac

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Last updated: 5/10/2010


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