Searching by Topic
Link Path: WIU Libraries to Select a Database to Biological Abstracts
Imagine you are researching the biochemistry of memory and alzheimers. For example, below we ran a basic search. Notice that both search boxes are set to topic. This search retrieves 19,000+ results, far too many to go through.
To whittle down the number of hits from 19,000+, you can refine your search by looking through the Major Concepts and choosing the concepts that best suit your needs. Click on "more options/values" to view the complete list.
For example, after clicking on "more options/values" and choosing Evolution and Adaptation and hitting the Refine button located at the top of the page, the search will return 64 hits. To see a video of this process, click here.
Searching by Author
Imagine that you want to find an article written by a specific author, for example, Scott Holt. Type "Holt, Scott", as shown in the following image:
Notice that we switched the tab at the right to "Author"
Below are the results for the search
Notice that there are a number of different Scott Holts.
We are looking for Scott M., not Scott A., so now we revise our search for Holt, Scott M.
This returns three articles by Scott M. Holt.
But what if we didn't know that Dr. Holt's middle name started with "M"? Things get more difficult. If you know the author's institutional address, for example, Western Illinois University, you can try searching that way. However, different journals will have different address formats. See the examples below
As you can see, Western Illinois University would only return one article. So, at this point, it may be best to ask a librarian for help.