Finding Articles with
Expanded Academic ASAP

Why would I use Expanded Academic ASAP?
How do I start?
How do I search?
How can I get the actual article?
How do I print or email the article?


Why would I use Expanded Academic ASAP?

I would use Expanded Academic ASAP if I needed to find actual articles (we call that full text) from either scholarly (peer-reviewed or refereed journals) or non-scholarly (newspapers, magazines) sources. Articles in Expanded Academic ASAP were published from 1980 to the present and cover a wide range of subjects, from art to mathematics to zoology. Some of the articles in Expanded Academic ASAP are not full text. The articles that are not full text only have information such as article title and author (e.g., John Doe), source name (e.g., Time Magazine), volume, issue, date, and abstract (i.e., a summary of the article).

You (click here for a definition of "you") can access Expanded Academic ASAP anywhere you have a computer and an Internet connection. For more information about finding articles, please visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/find/findarticles.htm.

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How do I start?

1. Go to the Libraries' web site at http://www.lib.ua.edu and click on "Databases" under the "Search Menu." The Libraries' web site is your starting place for research.

On the Databases page, you can find databases by subject or through an alphabetical list. If you know the database you want, like we know we want Expanded Academic ASAP, we can go to the 'E' section of the alphabetical list and then scroll through the 'E' section until we get to Expanded Academic ASAP.

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How do I search?

Once you click on Expanded Academic ASAP, you'll see a screen and a search box:

Example search screen

To search effectively:

  • Connect keywords with AND, OR, NOT. For more information about AND, OR, NOT, see our short tutorial on Boolean Operators (You will need the Macromedia Flash Player to see this tutorial.)
    • Children AND music finds articles that contain both the words children and music.
    • Automobile OR car finds articles that contain either of the words automobile or car.
    • Sports NOT football finds articles that contain the word sports but not the word football
  • Put phrases in quotation marks to force the database to find words in an exact order.
    • "Baseball Hall of Fame" finds articles that contain this exact phrase.
  • Use truncation to find many forms of a word with one root. For more information about truncation, see our short tutorial on Truncation (You will need the Macromedia Flash Player to see this tutorial.)The truncation symbol in Expanded Academic ASAP and other InfoTrac databases is an asterisk.
    • swim* will find swim, swimmer, swimmers, swimming.
  • Limit your search based on specific criteria, such as scholarly or peer reviewed journals.
    • Underneath the search box, you can set a variety of limits:

Possible search limits in Expanded Academic ASAP

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How can I get the actual article?

If your article is available full text from Expanded Academic ASAP, you will have one of three possible buttons: Text, Text with graphics, PDF.

Full Text Options: One-stop shopping

Text: HTML version of the full text that contains no images; click on "Text" link in the citation to the right to see example

Example of HTML Full Text link

Text with graphics: HTML version of the full text that contains images; click on "Text with graphics" link to see an example

Example of HTML Full Text with Graphics link

PDF: an electronic duplication of the print, contains images; click on "47 full pages PDF" link to see an example

Example of PDF Full Text link

If you do not see a full text button (Text, Text with graphics or PDF), then you will see a link for either citation or abstract. See the diagrams in Steps One and Two below for an explanation.

Citation or Abstract Only: Two-stop shopping
STEP ONE

The database will give you the necessary information to determine
if you want to find the article in the University of Alabama Libraries' Catalog: Journal or Magazine Title, Volume, Number, Date, and Pages.


Example of an abstract link Example of an abstract

 

Citation or Abstract Only: Two-stop shopping
STEP TWO

You can take the
Journal or Magazine Title, Volume, Number, Date, and Pages
to the University of Alabama Libraries' Catalog to determine if the Libraries have a print or electronic subscription to the journal or magazine. If not, you can order the item via Interlibrary Loan.


Libraries' Catalog search screen Example records in the Libraries' Catalog

See our short tutorial on how to check the UA Libraries' Catalog.

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How do I print or email the article?

You can print or email an article and/or an abstract or citation. Here are a couple of useful tips.

General Tips

Printing and Emailing options Always to use the internal print, email and save buttons; do not use your brower's print function (i.e., do not go to file > print at the top of your screen.)
Mark function
If you use the "mark" function, you can print, email and save articles and citations all at once.

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Example of HTML Full Text Example of HTML Full Text with Graphics Example of PDF Full Text