Lessen Research Frustration with Academic Search Premier

Database Uses

Are you having a difficult time finding academic/peer-reviewed journals for your research project?  Explore Academic Search Premier, a multi-disciplinary full-text database containing full-text for nearly 4,500 journals, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles.  In addition to the full-text articles, Academic Search Premier offers indexing and abstracts for all 8,144 journals in the collection.  This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.  

Search Strategies

All researchers at all levels experience a certain amount of anxiety when beginning a research project.  One suggestion for easing the frustration of developing effective search strategies is to use Boolean operators to link search terms together; and/or limit the search to a specific title.  Using the Boolean and/or/not operators to link your search terms together is a great way to refine or broaden your search.  Academic Search Premier has made things easier by adding a drop-down list of the operators in the Advanced Search tab.   

Another suggestion is to use parentheses.  Academic Search Premier defaults its search from left to right, searching the terms in the order they appear in the strategy.  If a user uses parentheses in their search, those terms enclosed in the parentheses will be searched first.  The left phrase in parentheses is searched first; then based upon those results the second phrase in parentheses is searched.  A simple example of this is: 

 Generalized Search: dog or cat and show or parade

Focused Search:(dog or cat) and (show or parade)


The majority of the full-text titles are available in searchable PDF format or scanned in color. 

~Danielle Becker, Reference/Digital Services Librarian


One Response to Lessen Research Frustration with Academic Search Premier

  1. quotes says:

    “I study myself more than any other subject; it is my metaphysic, and my physic.”

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