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An article is a composition (usually non-fiction) on a topic of interest, written by one or more authors and published in a collection (such as an encyclopedia) or periodical. Periodicals (also called journals) are scholarly magazines that have articles on timely topics (e.g. specific artists and works). Journal articles tend to be shorter than books (e.g. 10-20 pages), and the topics they cover tend to be more focused.
Most databases have a list of suggested subject words on the initial results page. Look at them (you may need to toggle them open) and copy the useful ones. If there is no list, then look at a number of potentially useful records and copy down words and phrases from the "subject" or "descriptor" area of single record. Some databases provide a thesaurus of terms which can lead to broader, related, or narrower terms you may not have thought of.
Go back to the search screen and search BY SUBJECT/DESCRIPTOR using the words you learned about as a result of your first search.
Be sure to connect search terms correctly using the following techniques:
AND connects different concepts and narrows a search: Bernini AND Portrait
( OR ), with parentheses, combines synonyms/related terms and broadens a search: Christ AND (Pieta OR Death OR Tomb)
" " Use quotation marks for phrases: "Painting techniques" AND Carravagio
Stem* Use the asterisk as a wildcard character to retrieve variations on a common stem: paint* retrieves paint, paints, painter, painting, paintings, painter, etc. Very useful for capturing plurals
Extra Searching Suggestions
You have two proper nouns: the name of your artist and the name of the work. Use them as SUBJECT terms (watch out if your work has a foreign language equivalent)
Be sure to use the limiters on the advanced search screen to limit to :
Document Type: Article
Publication Type: Academic Journal
Be sure to use the limiters on the results screen on the left to limit to:
Appropriate Date ranges
Use the green "Article Linker" button (or the "check for full text" link) to check on our access to these articles.