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EDU 428: Child Growth & Development

This LibGuide is for students taking EDU 428 at Alabama State University.


Search Strategies

Search Strategies

Truncation lets you search various word endings simultaneously to get more results.

This is done by using a wildcard symbol--usually the asterisk (*).

For example, searching for this:

gives you this:

You can limit your search by selecting a field from the drop-down menu. For example, when you select Title, you're telling the database to only search for your word/phrase in the title of the article.

Narrow your search by date. If you need an article no more than 5 years old, try searching for articles published between 2017 and 2022. Or, if you're doing historical research, you can limit your search to an older time period (such as 1955-1960).

What is the purpose of Peer review?

Peer review is designed to assess the validity, quality and often the originality of articles for publication. Its ultimate purpose is to maintain the integrity of science by filtering out invalid or poor quality articles.




You need to find an article on breastfeeding. You can access articles in a few different ways:

*by searching in an eJournal

*by searching in a database

*by searching WorldCat

For this example, let's use WorldCatOn the library's website, enter breastfeeding in the white search box in the center of the screen and then press Go.

You have access to A LOT of resources on breastfeeding! Let's narrow down your search to find useful information. Click the box next to Downloadable Article (on the left).

Doing that narrowed your search a little bit, but we need to get rid of other articles that aren't useful to you. Scroll down, and on the left side of your screen, click Full Text. Now you can be sure that all of the articles you find can be read in their entirety. Next, click Last 5 years. Now you'll find full text articles published in the last 5 years.

Scroll down your list of results until you find an article you'd like to use. For this example, we're using #7Breastfeeding and contraception counseling: a qualitative study. Click View full text (in the blue box).

When you need to choose between a HTML file and a PDF file, always choose the PDF because it looks exactly like the print format and may include images (like photos, tables, graphs, etc.). Now that you're in the full text PDF file, you'll notice there are several things you can do with the article on the right side of the screen: Save it, print it, or even cite it!

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