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MS&E 4810: Undergraduate Research Fundamentals (Kennedy): Find Articles

Keyword Search Tips

Keyword searching (generally) works best for finding articles on a topic

If you get too many results, try limiting to a particular subject - usually there is a list of subject links on one side of the screen. 

The same tricks to help you find books in the catalog, will help you find articles

  • truncate terms to get all possible endings

align*  (finds align, aligns, alignment, etc.)

  • connect synonyms with the word or to get more results

 (substrate or scaffold)

  • combine keywords or phrases with the word and to help limit and focus your results:

adhesion and alignment

  • put quotes around phrases "spider silk"

Put it all together:

(substrate or scaffold) and align* and "spider silk"

  • if your first search isn't great, revise it until you get what you want!

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