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Article Searching Tips: Library Search

Break your topic down into keywords

Finding too much?

  • Limit your search to Scholarly & Peer-Review
  • Limit by Content Type to just Journal Articles
  • Limit your search to a relevant Discipline
  • Refine the Publication Date range to within the last 5 years
  • Put “quotation marks around your search" to search for an exact phrase. Ex: "vitamin B"

Example of limiting a search to scholarly journal articles within the last five years using the library discovery tool (these features area also available via Advanced Search):


Finding too little?

  • Think of synonyms to describe your topic
  • Use OR between your synonyms to search for EITHER term
    • EX: university OR college
  • Put * after the root of a word to look for multiple endings
    • EX: sleep* - searches sleep, sleeping, etc.


Videos: Using the MRU LibrarySearch


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Article Searching Tips: SPORTDiscus Thesaurus

Searching in subject databases will yield a higher proportion of relevant results. You will also have more advanced search tools. For this assignment, the thesaurus is quite useful.
The following instructions are for SPORTDiscus, but look for a thesaurus in other databases- in Medline it is called MeSH.

  1. Find the thesaurus in the top bar of SPORTDiscus. 
  2. Enter a search term and click browse. You are searching subject headings, so use a general term and add more keywords after. 
  3. Select the check-box next to your subject term and click "Add". You can also explore subjects by clicking directly on the text- it will show you if there are broader, narrower, and related terms.
  4. Your subject term will appear in the top search bar. To add keywords, first type AND in caps, and click Search.


How do I know if a journal is peer-reviewed?

Search the journal-title online

Do a Google search for the name of the journal, and then find out the process for accepting articles.  If it's peer-reviewed, articles will have to be reviewed and approved by one or more peers (ie other experts in the field)  before being published.

Check the About page, Aims and Scope, Mission Statement, or Author Guidelines / Submission Process to find out more about the journal's peer-review process.

Search Ulrichsweb

Ulrichsweb is a database of periodicals (i.e. journals and magazines). To find our if the publication you've found is peer-reviewed, search the title of the journal.


From the results, identify your journal by locating the journal title and publisher name. The icons on the left-side indicate if the journal has a table of contents, is refereed (i.e. peer-reviewed), is available online, and is open access.

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