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Writing 114 (Mele): Key Databases for Wri 114

Environmental Writing

Database Activity

General Science Databases

Searching Web of Science: Tips & Tricks

Refine your results with Limits

  • by Subject Category: select those most closely related to your area of study.  Check mark and click "Refine".
  • by Document Types: select those you want to view e.g. Article to locate original research articles. 
  • by Publication years: especially for topics in the scientific field

Refine your result by Searching in Results

  • You can also search for metho* (for method, methods, or methodology) to try to bring up articles that mention a Methods section in the abstract.

Times Cited and Cited Reference

  • This information can lead you to other articles related to your topic.  Look for "Times Cited" or "Cited References" hyperlinks.

Truncation*

  • Use the * symbol to search for variations of a word e.g. treat* for treat, treated, treatment, treatments etc.

Limit the Search to a Specific Field

  • The default search is a Topic search.  At the main search page, you may choose Title from the drop down menu.

Environmental Studies/Ecology Databases

Statistical Information

Advanced Journal Search in ScienceDirect

Use Advanced Search Functionality

  • Select Advanced Search.
  • Choose the Journals tab.
  • Select "Article" to limit to original research articles.

Science Direct Advanced Search

Articles - results are Original Research articles. However, double check Science Direct's tagging.

Reviews - results are Literature Reviews

ScienceDirect Help Link