Answered By: Marc Forster
Last Updated: 15 Dec 2017     Views: 49

You can find Academic Search Elite under A in the Databases A-Z.  Click on the name of the database to access it.

Before you try to search a database, you should make sure you have properly scoped your search and identified your key concepts and synonyms. You can get help with this from the FAQs below:

Once you have planned your search and chosen your search terms, you are ready to search Academic Search Elite.

Academic Search Elite has no Subject Heading Thesaurus, so you cannot do a Subject Heading Search. 

Enter your free text/keyword search for the same concept, using all your synonyms. If your keyword search includes phrases, then put these between double quote marks, e.g. "higher education" not higher education. This search will look for any of your search terms in the title or abstract of all the articles in the database: 


Repeat this for each of your search concepts. Now click on Search History (under the search field) to see all your searches and the number of results for each search. Select all the searches by ticking the box next to them. Make sure the search field is EMPTY, then click the Search with AND button to combine your concept searches:


This will give you a final set of results that contain all of your concepts. You can use the Refine Results options to the left hand side to filter your results by date, source type, geography and more:

For guidance on accessing the full text of your results, see the FAQ "How can I access the full text of articles from databases?"

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