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Expanded Academic ASAP Sample Searches

From the arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, Expanded Academic ASAP meets research needs across all academic disciplines. This database provides access to scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers -- many with full-text and images.

Search 1:

A reference librarian from the Foothill College Library wanted to know a good search strategy to use when looking in Expanded Academic ASAP for full-text and peer-reviewed articles about the West Nile Virus and horses.

Solution:

  1. Opened Expanded Academic ASAP and went into the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Checked the "to articles with text" and "to peer reviewed publications" boxes.
  3. Entered "West Nile Virus" and found that the preferred term was "West Nile Fever".
  4. Clicked on the "Search" link in the left-side menu and enter the "Advanced search" page.
  5. Entered this search in the first two entry boxes:

    1. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "West Nile Fever".
    2. Selected "Key Word (ke)" and entered "horse*".


  6. Clicked on the "Search" button and 10 journal articles matching the above criteria were retrieved.

Search 2:

A caller using Expanded Academic ASAP planning to attend a conference in Toronto, Canada, in June 2003 wanted to read the latest full-text articles he could find about the SARS outbreak there.

Solution:

  1. Opened Expanded Academic ASAP and entered the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Entered "SARS", clicked on the "Search" button and found that the preferred termed was "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome".
  3. Entered the "Advanced search" page.
  4. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome" in the entry box.
  5. Selected "Key Word (ke)" and entered "Toronto".
  6. Checked the "to articles with text" box and limited by date after 31 May 2003.
  7. Retrieved were 30 articles matching the requested criteria.

Search 3:

A caller using Expanded Academic ASAP wanted to retrieve some full-text aricles about life in Romania after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu.

Solution:

  1. Opened Expanded Academic ASAP and entered the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Entered "Ceausescu" and found that the preferred termed was "Nicolae Ceausescu".
  3. Entered "Romania" and found that the preferred termed was "Romania".
  4. Went to the "Advanced search" page.
  5. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "Nicolae Ceausescu" in the first entry box.
  6. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "Romania" in the second entry box.
  7. Limted "to articles with text" by checking the corresponding box and by date "after" 1 December 1989.
  8. Clicked on the "Search button and more than 40 articles matching the caller's request were retrieved.


Search 4:

An e-mailer using Expanded Academic ASAP wanted to know how to create a saved search that would retrieve full-text political news articles from the state of Alaska from 2003 to the present.

Solution:

  1. Opened Expanded Academic ASAP and went to the "Advanced search" page.
  2. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "Alaska" in the first entry box.
  3. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "politic*" in the second entry box.
  4. Checked the "to articles with text" box.
  5. Limited by date "after" 31 December 2002.
  6. Clicked the Search button and retrieved more than 10 articles that fulfilled the e-mailer's request.
  7. Because the InfoMark feature is available in Expanded Academic ASAP, all the e-mailer needed to do was highlight the URL in the browser address box, copy it and place it wherever desired (i.e. as a link on a web page, as a favorite in the Internet Explorer browser, or as a bookmark in the Netscape browser).

Search 5:

A graduate student doing research on the democracy movement in Myanmar and its central figure Aung San Suu Kyi wanted to retrieve full-text articles related to this subject in Expanded Academic ASAP.

Solution:

  1. Opened Expanded Academic ASAP and went to the "Advanced search" page.
  2. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "Myanmar" in the first entry box.
  3. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "democracy" in the second entry box.
  4. Selected "Subject (su)" and entered "Aung San Suu Kyi" in the third entry box.
  5. Checked the "to articles with text" box.
  6. Clicked on the "Search" button and retrieved more than 20 articles matching the graduate student's request.
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