Academic Search Premier

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Academic Search Premier Tutorial

Introduction

Academic Search Premier [ASP] is a popular multidisciplinary research database containing information across disciplines and found in magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers.

 

How to Use this Tutorial:

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this tutorial you will be able to:

  • locate & access Academic Search Premier on the library website
  • explain the importance of this database when doing research
  • identify and use keywords relevant to your research topic
  • effectively use the search connectors AND and OR to combine keywords & refine search results
  • limit search results by publication date & source type
  • read an article to identify relevant information
  • recognize different options for locating the full-text of articles
  • create an account to save & retrieve search histories, set up alerts and organize research in folders
  • select appropriate tools to cite, print/email/download or share articles & more

Finding & Accessing Academic Search Premier (ASP)

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Let's open Academic Search Premier [ASP] to begin.

Here's how...

On the ASU Library home page to the right, locate & click on "Frequently Used Resources". From the database list click on Academic Search Premier.

You may be prompted to enter your ASUrite ID and passward.

Finding & Accessing Academic Search Premier (ASP)

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You should now see the advanced search screen which means you are almost ready to begin!

 Before entering keywords into search boxes you need to do some preliminary work.

Identifying keywords

Database searching is a process that has steps that are common across most searches done in a database.

Step 1: Select the topic

EX: What affect does binge drinking have on college students

Step 2: Identify main ideas or concepts

  • binge drinking
  • college students
  • affect

Step 3: Brainstorm keywords & synonyms

  • binge drinking 
  • college students or university students or undergraduates
  • affect or impact

 

Look at the topic below and identify the the main ideas:

How can bacteria be a benefit to improving human health?

 

Using Search Connectors

1 of 5What are search connectors?

Basically they are words used to connect keywords together so the database understands how to perform the search. The most common connectors are AND & OR.

Notice the AND & OR highlighted in the search box. The AND connector is the most commonly used connector, therefore, it is the default but can be changed to OR as shown in the second row.

  

Using Search Connectors

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AND is used to connect keywords representing different ideas or concepts [e.g. sunshine AND flowers].

The AND connector narrows the focus of your search giving you fewer results.

Time to check what you've learned about AND!

Which statement below do you believe describes how the AND connector works in a database search?

 

Using Search Connectors

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Let's try a search to demonstrate how AND actually works. In the first row box enter: veterans. In the box on the second row enter: VA medical care.

Click the Search button on the right!

Look at the results and answer this question.

How many records were retrieved in the search: veterans AND VA medical care?

 

Using Search Connectors

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OR is used to connect keyword representing the same/similar idea or concept [e.g. creek OR stream].

AND & OR connectors work in opposite ways. Because the OR connector combines keywords or synonyms together the focus of your searcher is broader, usually retrieving more article records.

Let's check your understanding of the OR connector!

Which of these statements is true in describing what the OR connector does in a database search?

 

Using Search Connectors

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This time let's add the OR connector to the search.

Leave veterans in the search box on the first row. Change medical care in the box on the second row to (VA medical care or medicaid).

Click the Search button on the right! Remember the first search retrieved over 300 article records but this time by adding 'medicaid' to the search using OR we retrieved over 18,000 article records!

 

Limiting Search Results

1 of 3So far we've discussed picking a topic, identifying it's main ideas, assigning keywords to each and using search connectors to combine them. Now it is time to look at limiting the search results.

In the left column you should see this section for refining or limiting your search results. 

Under "Source Types" there are additional ways to limit the results. Academic Journals, Popular Magazines, Trade Journals or Newspapers. For more information about these types of sources, check out the Finding and Using Article Types tutorial.

Limiting Search Results

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Typically the most common limiters are publication date and scholarly peer-reviewed articles. Both of these are listed under the "Limit To" section.

Put a check in the box next to Scholarly(Peer-Reviewed Journals). Next use the slide bar to adjust the publication dates to 2010-2017. The "Refine Results" section should now look like this.

 

Limiting Search Results

3 of 3Now that we've applied several limiters to the search, look again at the results and answer this question. 

How many article records do we have now that the search veterans AND (VA medical care OR Medicaid) has been limited to scholarly peer-reviewed articles published 2010-2017?

 

 

Reading an Article Record

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Paying attention to the details of the article record is important because those details can help you:

  • determine the relevance of the article to your topic
  • give you information for citing the article and
  • identify other keywords/subjects to search 

Reading an Article Record

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Look at the record below we found in our search. Notice the items pointed out.

 

 

  • The purple box verifies that is an academic journal article
  • Red box encircles the information needed for a citation
  • Gold arrow points out the subjects used to describe this article
  • Green box surrounds a subject "Medical Care of Veterans" that could be searched to focus and narrow search results rather than the keywords we searched.
  • Yellow Highlight indicates the full-text of this article is available as a PDF 

 Each of these is a clue with information helpful to your research and writing.

Locating the Full-text of Articles

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 Once you identify sources relevant to your research topic, you need to locate the full-text of the articles.

In some cases, this will be easy. Within the record, you may see one of these types of links to full-text:

  • PDF full text: this is a scanned version of the paper journal, and always the best option you can choose.
  • HTML full text: this is a simple text version of the original article that has been re-typed into a webpage for you to read.
  • Linked full text: this link will take you to a PDF version of the article that exists somewhere other than in Academic Search Premier.

Locating the Full-text of Articles

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If you don't see any of those as options, you will see the GetIt@ASU icon.

The GetIt@ASU appears when the full text of an article is not embedded in Academic Search Premier. It searches other ASU databases and journal subscriptions to see if the article is available somewhere else.

If it finds the full-text the location will be displayed. If another ASU location is not found a page to request the full-text via the ILLIAD service is displayed.

Creating an Account

Creating an account expands the options available to you when you search this database. On the maroon task bar across the top click on "Sign In"

If you do not have an account, click on "Create a New Account" and fill in the information required.

Having an account allows you to save and retrieve your search histories, set up alerts and organize your research using folders.

 

Setting Up an Alert

What is an alert? An alert notifies you when new items are added to Academic Search Premier on topics you previously specified. For example, you could set up an alert using the previous search: Veterans AND Medical Care. Each time a new article record on this topic is added you would receive a notification or alert.

You can choose to receive an email alert or an RSS feed alert. The latter gives you a URL to copy into your RSS reader; each time a new item is added it will show in you news/feed reader or app.

Selecting & Using Tools

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Academic Search Premiers gives you options to cite, print/email/download or share articles & more. These options are listed under "Tools" in the right column.

 

Selecting & Using Tools

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To view the tools available, you must open the individual article record.

 

From the "Tools", you can choose to print, email or save/download; each of these comes with options of what is sent.

Click on each of these 3 options to see the different choices. With each you can get a brief citation, brief citation with abstract or detailed citation with abstract. With each of these choices, you can also select the citation style in which to have the citation formatted (e.g. APA, MLA etc.).

In addition, if you choose the email option you have these 3 choices to pick from plus you can choose to have the full-text in PDF emailed separately when it is available.

Selecting & Using Tools

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Click on Cite to see the different citation styles available for formatting. CAUTION: look at the formatting carefully! While the order of information may be correct, capitalization and author's name vary across citation styles.  

For example, APA does not capitalize each word in the article title but the example shows all words capitalized! You are better served by checking the citation style guide or exporting the citations to a citation manager such as RefWorks etc.

Selecting & Using Tools

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That brings us to the next option in the "Tools" list. Click on Export. This opens a popup menu with choices of where to send the information and in what formats.

Since RefWorks is a supported citation manager the default option is "Direct Export to RefWorks". You will be prompted to log into RefWorks at this time if you have not already done so.

Selecting & Using Tools

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The next important tool is Permalink. A permalink is a permanent URL that always takes you back to the article in the database. It serves as a mechanism for saving the information since you can copy & paste the link into a document or email etc. 

 

The last tool available is Share. Click on this link to open a popup showing options for sharing. For example, you could click on Facebook or twitter and copy the permalink to a post to share with others.

 

 

Conclusion

Now that you have completed this tutorial, you can:

  • locate & access Academic Search Premier on the library website
  • explain the importance of this database when doing research
  • identify and use keywords relevant to your research topic
  • effectively use the search connectors AND and OR to combine keywords & refine search results
  • limit search results by publication date & source type
  • read an article to identify relevant information
  • recognize different options for locating the full-text of articles
  • create an account to save & retrieve search histories, set up alerts and organize research in folders
  • select appropriate tools to cite, print/email/download or share articles & more

Need Help?

If you need additional help with your research or in searching this database, the ASU Library has staff willing to assist you! 

 

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