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Step 1: Search words

Use this online tool (Used by permission of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin) to translate your research topic into keyword terms you can use to search library databases and Google Scholar for scholarly sources.

Step 2: Academic Search Premier

Start your search for articles with this database using the search words you created in Step 1.

  • Academic Search Complete
    This database is a good place to start searching for information on almost any topic. Covering all areas of academic study, this database contains indexing and abstracting for more than 8,200 magazines and journals, of which more than 3,600 are full-text.

Step 2.1: Searching for celebrities in Academic Search Premier

Using the library database Academic Search Premier to search for celebrities by name is a useful way to get a sense of how those celebrities are discussed in scholarly sources and popular media sources. 

Step 3: JSTOR

Use the search words you created in Step 1 to find full-text articles from scholarly journals. 

    An excellent multidisciplinary database containing articles from many essential peer-reviewed sources. Subjects covered include Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology.

Step 4: Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a popular way to search for scholarly articles, reports, books and more.  You can connect Google Scholar to IIT's libraries from the library links section of Scholar Preferences. This way, when you find an article you'd like to read you will be able to see if we have the article or be directed to MyILL to request it.


Optimize Google Scholar


When Google Scholar knows you're an IIT student, it can link you directly to any articles you search for that IIT has available in full-text. This allows you to take advantage of Google's great indexing capabilities linked to the more than 35,000 full-text journals that IIT has access to. 


From your favorite browser, go to Google Scholar preferences page. Add "Illinois Institute of Technology" to the library links section. This will allow Google Scholar to access IIT's databases to locate your article in full-text. 


Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools are the easiest way to keep organized and save time throughout the research and writing process.  Here are some recommended tools:

  • Most recommended: Zotero
    Create personal collections of online documents, add notes and tags, export citations. Very simple to use.
  • EndNote Web  
    Web-based version of the popular software. Manage citations & references, create bibliographies online

How-to Guides

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IIT subscribes to more than 60,000 online journals, but there may be others that you need access to. You can get copies of those articles delivered to you electronically. You can also request any books not available in the I-share catalog from more than 8,000 libraries around the world. It usually takes 2-3 business days to have a journal article e-mailed to you. Books take longer (more than a week) because they have to be mailed and shipped from outside of Illinois. 

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