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Upward Bound- History: Academic Search Complete

What It Is

  • Academic Search Complete is a database
    • In this case, a database contains articles from journals and other publications

  • Academic Search Complete is multidisciplinary
    • It contains articles on all sorts of subjects, from anthropology and english to chemistry, and physics

  • It's a good database to turn to first

What to Do

  • Be specific!
    • Databases have too much specialized information in them to be appropriate for background research
  • Combine your ideas effectively using:
    • AND, to combine terms for specific results
    • OR, to allow for synonyms, and to broaden results
    • NOT, to exclude terms from your search

More About Academic Search Complete

Helpful Video Tutorials

Click on the following links to view a short tutorial on each topic. For flash-free mobile and Apple devices click on

Introduction to Online Databases  (2:00)  

Search Strategies for  Finding Articles  (3:50)  

Finding Full-Text Articles  (2:46)  

The Different Types of Articles (Magazines, Journals and Newspapers)  (4:40)  

Scholarly Articles  (3:09)

How to Find a Specific Article  (2:52)


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