Finding Journal Articles for Economic Research Methodology

Course #: EC381

Searching for articles in Primo

  1. From the library homepage, select the "Books & articles" tab. Enter in the title of the book or article into the search box under Primo Search. Please review tutorials: Finding books in Primo and Finding articles on a topic
  2. From the library homepage, click on "Primo advanced search" in the middle. Click on the "Articles+" tab. Enter article title or keywords into the search box. "Search Tips" at the top right may help you improve search effectiveness. On the result page, articles can be filtered by peer-reviewed, resource type, publication date, subject, author and language. This may help you get relevant articles on the topic of your interest.

Note: Some article titles are included in databases only but don't come up when you search them in Primo. To conduct a systematic review of the literature, please search both in Primo and via databases as displayed below.

Finding articles in a specific journal

  1. From the library homepage, select the "Journal titles" tab. Enter in the Title of the Journal.
  2. Click on the relevant hyperlinked journal. In the new window, select the appropriate database.
    • Tip: Look at the year(s) listed in the "Available from" field.
  3. Two options: run a keyword or article title search in the journal or browse by volume and issue number
  4. Option one: Use Advanced Search. Start broad, use keywords, article title, and/or subject terms (subject headings). Connect terms using Boolean operators: AND, OR, & NOT. AND requires all terms joined by it to appear somewhere in the document. OR requires at least one of the terms joined by it to appear somewhere in the document, in any order. NOT excludes documents containing whatever term(s) follow it.
    • Tip: Click on ? or Tips links (usually found near the search box) for additional search techniques
  5. Too many results? Narrow your search by publication date, geographic location, source type, etc.
  6. Option two: Browse specific issues by expanding the year(s) and if necessary, expand the month. Review articles in each issue.

Searching for articles in a journal database

  1. From the library homepage, select the "Databases: subjects & titles" tab. If you are unsure as to which journal database to use, click the "by subject" link and choose "Economics" from the list, otherwise enter in the database name in the search box, click "Search" and select database from search results.
  2. From the Economics subject page, select a particular journal database under "Start here", "Main databases", or "Also useful". EconLit, JSTOR, and Scholars Portal Journals are some examples of journal databases.
    • Tip: Searching more than one database will retrieve better results than sticking to one
  3. Use Advanced Search. Start broad, use keywords and/or subject terms (subject headings). Connect terms using Boolean operators: AND, OR, & NOT. AND requires all terms joined by it to appear somewhere in the document. OR requires at least one of the terms joined by it to appear somewhere in the document, in any order. NOT excludes documents containing whatever term(s) follow it.
    • Tip: Click on ? or Tips links (usually found near the search box) for additional search techniques such as how to use truncation and wildcard symbols as well as proximity operators.
  4. Too many results? Narrow your search by publication date, geographic location, source type, etc.
  5. Look for "Full-text" links or try the "Get it at Laurier" button for more options.

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