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Searching the Literature: The Basics

Learn how to effectively search the literature with tips on asking questions, selecting resources, and developing search terms.

Access/Save Results

You've executed your search in a relevant search resource.  It's finally time to access some results!

This page explains how to access the full-text versions of results as well as how to save your search strategies and result sets for later use.    

Accessing Full-Text Results

Article databases collect information about journal articles, but don't typically collect the full-text journal articles themselves.  Look for the "Get It" button located within our databases to see if McMaster has access to the full-text article.  

Saving Search Strategies

Most databases allow you to save your search strategy to edit or re-run at a later date.  The links below explain how to save search strategies in some of our most popular databases.

Reference Management

Reference management tools allow you to create a personal library of results from a variety of database searches.  These tools can also help automate the creation of your reference list and in-text citations for publications.