In addition to searching by keyword or subject, most databases offer you ways to limit your results. Use them to narrow your search to just the articles likely to be most useful.
You may see limits below the search box(es) BEFORE you run a search
or limits on the side AFTER you run a search.
You may even see a Thesaurus to help you choose the best subjects.
Have you found the citation for an article you want in another article's bibliography or on Google Scholar? You can use the libraries' Journals Search to see whether and where the Whitewater libraries has the periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper) that the article came from. Start by typing the periodical title (not the article title) in the box below. This is also available from the libraries' homepage.
Once you have a pivotal article (A), you will find it useful to trace research related to it in order to find more articles that could prove useful to your research. Tracing works two ways:
The below video explains the basics of this.
Some other library databases have similar features, so be on the lookout for them.
Here are a few databases that have backward tracing. Under each is brief instructions of what to do when you find an article you like on a list of search results. Web of Science also has forward tracing.