Using Academic Search Premier Like a Pro

Quick Overview: Academic Search Premier is an article search engine that provides access to full-text content from over 4,600 journals.

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Access Academic Search Premier

  1. On the Library's home page, click the button that says "Articles & More."
  2. Click on the link to "Academic Search Premier" in the alphabetical list.
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    Articles & More Icon
    Select Academic Search Premier

Search Academic Search Premier

  1. Enter your search terms.
  2. Optional: If your assignment specifies that you need an academic, scholarly, or peer-reviewed article, click on the check box next to "Peer-Reviewed."
  3. Optional: You can also click the box next to "Full Text" to only get back results where the full text content is immediately available.
  4. Optional: If you need content from a certain date range, like within the last 5 or 10 years, you can specify that date range in the "Published Date from" boxes.
  5. Click the search button.
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    Search Options

Getting the Full Text

  1. If you see the PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text links, the full-text is available immediately and online. Just click on the link.
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    Full Text Link

  3. If you see the "Link to Full Text" icon, that means the full-text isn't in Academic Search Premier. Click on this button to see if it's available in any of our other subscription databases.
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    Link to Full Text

    1. If it is available, you'll be directed to a link.
    2. Show me an example.Article Available
    3. If it isn't available, you'll be given the option to request a copy (allow 2-5 days for delivery).
    4. Show me an example.Article Not Available

Working with Academic Search Premier Results

Often, when you search for something in Academic Search Premier, your search will return a very large set of results - even in the tens of thousands!
Here are some tips for working with your results to find exactly the article you need - without trying to sort through 20,000 articles one at a time.

  1. You can also choose to see only Full Text or Scholarly articles after you've done a search. Just click the check box under "Refine your results" to select one of those options, then click "Update."
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    Full Text Limiter

  3. Use the date limiter to specify a date range. Change the date range to your preference and click "Update."
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    Date Range Limiter

  5. Another useful tool is the "Subject" filter.
    1. Scroll down until you see the word "Subject" with a little arrow next to it.
    2. Click on the little arrow to see a list of subjects related to your search.
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      Subject Limiter

    4. Click on the "Show More" link to see all subjects.
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      Show More Subjects 

    6. If one or more of the subjects appeals to you, check the box next to it and click "Update."
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      Select Subjects

  6. If at any point you want to remove one or more of the limiters you've applied, just click the orange "x" next to the limiters you want to remove.
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    Remove Limiters

Selecting an Article

The results list provides you with some basic information about an article. This information can help you choose the right article to use for your research.

  1. The icon to the left of the article tells you in what kind of publication the article was published - an academic journal, newspaper, magazine, or trade publication.
  2. The large blue link is the article title.
  3. Just below the article title, the authors are listed.
  4. Next, you'll see the title of the publication in which the article appeared, as well as the date of publication and the volume and issue number of the publication.
  5. Academic Search Premier also tells you how many pages the article is and if it includes pictures, graphs, or charts.
  6. Show me an example.Citation Identifier
  7. If you want to know more about the content of an article before reading the whole article, click on the article title. This shows you greater detail about an article, including the abstract, which is just a short summary of the article that can help you decide if you can use the article for your paper.
  8. Show me an example.Abstract

Emailing or Printing an Article

  1. Click on the "PDF Full Text" or "HTML Full Text" link.
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    Full Text Link

  3. To print an article, click on the icon that looks like a printer on the "Tools" menu on the right and click the "Print" button that appears on your screen.
  4. To email the article, click on the icon that looks like a envelope with a blue arrow on the "Tools" menu on the right. Enter your email address and click "Send."
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    Print or Email an article

    Email Article

Citing an Article

If you use an article in your research, you'll want to cite it. Academic Search Premier makes it easy for you to do this.

  1. Click on the icon that looks like a yellow sheet of paper on the "Tools" menu on the right.
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    Cite an Article

  3. This inserts citations in several styles above the article itself.
  4. Scroll down the list until you see the style you need. Copy and paste into your works cited or references page.
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    Get an article citation

  6. Always double check the automatically generated citation to make sure it is correct!