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Argument and More: General Resesarch Guide: Finding Articles

Here is help with research for argument and expository papers for any introductory English, writing, or communications course, including Engl1101 and Comm1201.

Finding Articles

Searching with the Big Discover Box

1) Start out by searching for library.gsu, click the link on GSU web sites, or or type the URL into your browser's locator bar.

Here is the library home page with the big box

2) The big, Discovery box is your gateway to a articles as well as books, ebooks, and video recordings.

3) To use the big box, type in your topic and click Search.

This is the search box up close and personal

4) The Discover box presents reults in groups of twenty (20), and you will probably have more results than you can use.

You can reduce the quantity and increase the quality with the options on the left of the page.
Picture of results for a search on the psycchology of tattoos
Choosing a source type to narrow results a) From Source Types select Academic Journals, Magazines, and/or Show More lets you select more than one category at once.

b) Change the date on the left side of the date slider to get rid of older material.

The date slider on the left side of Discover box results

5) Because the library has many databases and journal subscriptions, don't limit to Full Text. The Find-It buttons often lead to full text articles too!

6) For instructions on refining your search strategy, please visit Step by Step with Academic Search Complete. The strategy outlined in that handout also works with the big Discover Box.