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General Searching Tips

  • Most library research databases don't recognize phrase searching, you can't put in a whole sentence or ask it a question, so break your topic into concepts or keywords.  For example, if your topic is "health insurance coverage for transgendered students at american colleges and universities" the search you enter might look like this: health insurance and transgendered and higher education and united states.
  • Try to think of as many different words and phrases to describe your subject as you can.  For example, for the concept of transgendered you might also try gender identity or sex reassignment.  For the concept of higher education you might also try colleges or universities.
  • When you find a good article look at their lit review or bibliography to see what articles they read.  You might find one or two good ones.

Finding Books

You find books in the library catalog.  The Wright State library catalog is on the library homepage (  You can also search the OhioLink catalog which includes the books from most of the college and university libraries in Ohio (

Finding Articles

You find articles or article citations in research databases.  Begin from the Library homepage.  Click on the Databases link (under Quick Links), then browse alphabetically for the title of the database you want.  You can also browse our databases arranged by subject.

Here are direct links to some of the databases that will help you in this class:

Getting to Complete Articles Online

In almost all of the library research databases, you will see buttons that say Find It.  This button will open another window where it shows you whether there is full-text access available or whether WSU subscribes to the journal in print.  Many database citations will have a visible PDF link that takes you directly to the full-text article but not all citations have this link.  If you do not see the PDF link there is still a good chance that you can get a full-text copy of the article online.  Just click on the Find It link and this may lead you to a full-text copy of the article.

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