To search for journal articles and other secondary sources you will use Summon, the search box in the middle of the Libraries' homepage: http://www.umsl.edu/library/
The boxes below provide general guidance on using Summon to search for articles. Of course, you will want to use different keywords based on your particular research topic. Below are some keywords that might be useful for your research for CRIMIN 4325:
Break down your thesis into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.
EXAMPLE: Italian immigrants AND Brazil
Combining different terms gives you different results.
Clearly define your thesis statement. Trouble spots to look out for:
Too Broad - EXAMPLE: Italian immigration
Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: Italian immigration AND women AND "family income"
[NOTE: to search a phrase use quotes]
Library Staff - Find us in person or on the library home page. You can email, phone, chat live or walk into the building and ask us at the Public Service Desk. Look for the Ask a Librarian options or the link to Chat Now—both on the library home page--if you have a question.
On the results page, you can include or exclude types of publications, content, disciplines, subjects, etc. Look at the options on the left of your screen for ways to LIMIT YOUR SEARCH.
Full Text Online limits your search to articles full text in various databases or to links to full text in the catalog.
Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Publications will provide materials that are scholarly in nature
CONTENT TYPE allows you to limit by the type of source.
PUBLICATION DATE allows you to limit material to a specific date or date range.
DISCIPLINE Depending on the focus of your research you may want to limit by field of study
SUBJECT TERMS will pull up a list allowing you to exclude subject headings or limit to more specific subject terms.