Selecting relevant articles.

  • Start by reading the titles. The title will sum up an article's topic.

  • About one-third of the titles in a list that look relevant will actually be relevant.

  • The next step is to read the abstracts of the promising articles.

  • Don't just search to meet the minimum expectations of the assignment but look for the most relevant or useful sources.

  • A good rule of thumb is to triple the number of sources required for the assignment. For example, if you need 10 articles, you should evaluate at least 30 articles.

  • The demo below on Search@XU will teach you how to:
  • Quickly view the subject headings of an article.

  • Quickly view the abstract of an article.

  • Add the article to a folder

  • Print, email or save the results of your folder.

view an interactive tutorial on Search@XU.


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