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Superb 5-minute tutorial on advanced searching - not to be missed!

Sample Searches

ERIC: Search the database

Sample Search: use OR to broaden search, AND to narrow:

(counseling or advising) and (international students or foreign students)

Gender Studies Database: Search the database

Sample Search: use asterisk (*) to find variant endings:

immigra* and acculturation

JSTOR:  Search the database

Sample Search: 2000-2013

immigration and women and poverty

Search Journals List

Global Harmony

Finding Articles

To find articles on a particular topic in sociology, try searching the library's sociology databases: 

Selecting Articles

Just like in Google, searching in the databases can produce hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of results! 

When you type in your keywords and find articles, be selective.

Here are a few things to notice:

  • What is the date of the article?
  • What is the title of the journal?  Is this an academic journal or a magazine or newspaper article?
  • Does the article have references?

In addition, by reading the abstract, you can see how relevant the article is to your topic.


Lesley Partners with Google Scholar

On-campus users at Lesley University will see additional links in Google Scholar search results which facilitate access to Lesley's resources.

Off-campus users will need to configure your affiliation:

  • To set your preferences, click on Scholar Preferences (
  • Type "Lesley" in the 'Library Links' section and select "
  • Click Save preferences.

Keyword Searching

The secret to a successful search for relevant articles lies in using the right keywords. Good keyword searches involve simple concepts seperated by the Boolean Operatives and, or , not.


Create a keyword search statement, using and to join different concepts:

global and education

Not getting enough results?  Try different keywords that might mean the same thing!

social work and community outreach

One more way to broaden your search...

Use the "Truncation Trick"!

Add an asterick (*) to the root of a word to get variant endings:

  learn* = learn, learns, learning

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