The Sofia Discovery tool is a search tool that allows you to search for books, ebooks, articles, magazines and more in the Library's collection and many of our databases. Use Sofia as a "first stop," which you can follow up on by searching in specialized databases.
Let's say you wanted to find articles about social media marketing. Using a simple keyword search works best in Sofia.
There are books listed in the results. You can use the options on the left side, known as limits (also known as facets or filters), to refine and narrow the results to articles.
You can then further limit to peer-reviewed articles.
Make sure to check out the section "What do I need to know before I start searching"
Before you can start searching for articles, you need to choose the right database! It is essential to select databases that best correspond to your topic and your needs.
To choose a database:
Databases usually contain thousands of articles. Performing a keyword search is often the best way to begin identifying those that may be relevant for your assignment.
You are interested in researching information about electronic waste and how rapid technological progress impacts the environment.
Here are possible search statements that could retrieve relevant results:
Take the time to explore the features of a database. Each database will be different, so it is important to familiarize yourself with its layout, menus, and limits (for example date range, document type, etc.).
The content of articles is usually much more specific than that of books. Therefore, search statements written for databases may contain more concepts, keywords and synonyms or related terms.
For example, here is a book and an article on a similar topic. Notice how the article title is much more specific.
The more precise your search statement, the more relevant your results may be. If appropriate, limit your search to specific fields such as title or abstract.
Google Scholar is a search engine that you can use to search for articles. Google Scholar is Google's academic database. When you are on campus, you will see results from Concordia Library's databases in Google Scholar.
You can search by keyword and use the advanced feature to search for articles by author, publication, and date.
Accessing journal articles through Google Scholar may not always work. Learn how to set up Google Scholar to find resources available @ Concordia.
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