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How To Search Academic Search Complete: Quick Instructions

This guides give quick instructions on how to set up a search in Academic Search Complete, which will work for other databases as well.

Quick Instructions

  1.  Log into your JWU student account and click the “Library” link on the left bar.
  2. From the Library’s home page, under Quick Links, click on your Class Guide OR click on Databases A-Z link.
  3. Then click on Academic Search Complete.
  4. Type in your keywords or keyword phrases in each box   Topic Example: The challenges veterans face when transitioning from military to civilian life.  Keywords=challenges, veterans, transition
  5. Click on Search.
  6. Then under Refine Search, click on the Full Text box to find only the entire articles, and click on the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Articles to find only scholarly academic articles.
  7. Then put in the last five years (depending on your topic and how recent you need the articles) and click anywhere on the screen.
  8. If you do not get any results along the way, take out one of your keywords that is not as important.  For example: A keyword that may not be as important would be - challenges.  The keywords - veterans and transition best explain your topic.  The articles may pick up the keyword, challenges with using just the keywords – veterans and transitions.
  9. To cite the article, click on the title of the article, and then click on the “Cite” icon on the right side of the screen.  Then scroll down in the Citations box until you see which format you are citing in, such as MLA.  Copy and paste the citation to your paper.  
  10. Check to see that the citation is correct by going to the Library’s home page, under Quick Links, click on Research Process: Step-by-Step and then under the 5. Cite – choose "MLA examples" to check the correct way to cite the most common MLA sources. 


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