Search the web for articles, books, theses, and other sources spanning many disciplines. Many results will be from scholarly sources. Access full-text articles from your search by selecting the FullText@NAU link. To see the FullText@NAU links in Google Scholar from any computer anywhere, link your Google Scholar account to NAU.
Database of peer-reviewed journal articles and books for the sciences and social sciences.
Note: Cline Library's ScienceDirect subscription is limited to journals. The ScienceDirect interface links to content we do not subscribe to most e-books, and some journals.
Search Strategy Example
SocINDEX and Academic Search Complete are databases provided by the same vendor, EBSCOhost. Search them simultaneously.
Step One: Identify the topic and consider two to three concepts that directly relate to the topic. Use the chart below as a guide.
I am interested in policies about mental health services for children who are abandoned.
mental health services
policies (government and social policies)
Consider alternative keywords for the concepts, for example:
Foster care services
child OR infant abandonment
(rights of children)
Step Two: Develop a search strategy using the keywords and/or phrases. Less is more; start with a few keywords and if necessary build a more comprehensive search. For example:
"homeless children" AND health services
Step Three: Recognize that databases have similar features, such as “limiters” or ways to narrow the search results (e.g., date of publication, peer-reviewed journal, and full-text). Apply limiters if necessary.
Exact phrase searching
Omit or ignore a term
Expand the search to include either or both terms
Structure a Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) search
Truncate a term or complete a phrase
Wildcard used to replace a single letter
Wildcard used for alternate spellings
N and a number
Finds terms near x terms
W and a number
Finds terms within x terms in order
Try not to use punctuation
Databases ignore these unless it is a question mark