Search Specific Fields:
Use the Search Options to limit your results by Full Text availability, Peer-Review status, Date Published, Publication Type, Language, and more
Refine Your Results:
Use Different Keywords
Brainstorm a few keywords based on your topic or research question - think of synonyms or alternate terms for each concept. Use the exercise below to help you:
Use Advanced Search Operators
From: Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009. Print.
Use & Find Subject Terms
Subject terms describe the main focus or topic of an article and can be used to create searches that are more precise than with keywords alone. The subject term a database uses to describe an item may also be different than the keywords you are using making it difficult to find relevant results.
There are two ways to search using Subject Terms in Business Source Complete:
1. Build a new search using a subject term from an article you've already found:
2. Use the thesaurus to look up subject terms. You may find that the term you have been using may be used or spelled differently by the database.
For example: in Business Source Complete you should use the subject term "ENTREPRENEURSHIP" instead of "ENTREPRENEUR", and "BUSINESSPEOPLE" instead of "ENTREPRENEURS"
What are Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Articles?
Scholarly Journals - while all peer reviewed journals are scholarly, not all scholarly journals are peer reviewed. Scholarly journals focus on research, articles generally contain heavy citation (in the form of footnotes, in-text citations, bibliographies, etc.) and are written by experts in the field. The difference is that published articles do not go through the peer review process, they generally only require the approval of a review board.
Peer Reviewed Journals - in addition to the qualifications above, articles found in peer reviewed journals go through a rigorous review process by other scholars and experts in the field or specialty before publication.
Using Business Source Complete to find Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal Articles
1. Before running your search select Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals under Limit Your Results from either the Basic or Advanced search screen
2. After running your search, use the Refine Results tools on the left hand side of the page to limit your search to only Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals