While Google Scholar and PSU Library catalog are search engines that will identify journal articles, neither of them is comprehensive in the coverage of any discipline particularly in the humanities and social sciences. Enter the disciplinary database as an important tool in identifying material on your topic. Use the Library list of databases grouped by subject to find a database that covers the discipline you want to find articles from.
Some recommended databases for womens studies and this assignment in particular.
Use Google Scholar from the PSU Library, and enter the title of the article. If the Library has the article, there will be a link to the right, Find it @ PSU.
Find it @ PSU leads to the full text article in the PSU Library catalog.
If it is not available full text through Google Scholar, PSU Library could still hold the article in print. Search for the journal to see the Library's holdings. If the library does not hold the journal at all, request it from Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.
If the article citation does not include links to the full text, click on the Find it @ PSU button to check availability. Find it @ PSU is the link to the full text (online or print), that leads to the full text will appear under View Online. If it is not available, there will be an option to request the article from Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.
Most library databases use similar logic for searching.
AND narrows a search by requiring both terms to be present
OR broadens a search by allowing for either term to be present
( ) parenthesis for grouping keywords together e.g. women and (spiritual or religious) brings back results in which the words women and spiritual appear and other results in which the words women and religious appear
* truncation e.g. spirit* will retrieve spiritual, spiritually, spirits, spirituality, etc.
“phrases go in quotes” the search engine retrieves those words next to each other and in exactly the order of the phrase within quotes e.g. “womens spirituality”