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GSJ: Global Search for Justice

Where to Begin? Search Tips

1. Begin by selecting a database to search. Choose one from the list on this page, or ask a Librarian to suggest one.

2. Keyword searching simply means typing terms that describe what you need. Choosing precise keywords that describe your topic can help focus your search into a successful one. Ask a Librarian for help.

3. Begin your search with one or two nouns, and add more to narrow the topic. Combine terms by typing and or or between terms -- this will narrow or broaden your search.

privacy and internet
or death penalty 

4. Truncate a term by typing the root followed by an asterisk. Using truncation finds all forms of a term. Examples:

  • Typing teen* will find: teen, teens, teenager, teenagers
  • Typing parent* will find: parent, parents, parenting, parenthood

Tools for Finding Articles

Searching for an article?

  • Try the databases. Many have full-text articles.

Found a good article in a database and it's not full text?

  • Click on  to see if St. Kate's has the article in another database or in print.

Have a citation and want to find the article?

  • Use CLICsearch to search for the title of the article or the journal title.

For more assistance, contact a librarian.

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