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Finding journal articles and more

Analyse and manage search results

Use the following steps to analyse and manage search results found in SuperSearch, databases and e-journal collections or any of the other search platforms included in this guide.

Check how your results have been sorted

  • Usually the default order is by relevance, but you can change this to publication date or times cited.
  • These options will vary in each different platform.

Review the number of results

  • If there are a lot of results you might need to refine (narrow) your search using more specific keywords or the refining options provided by the database or e-resource.
  • If there are not enough results, broaden your search by adding keywords or try a cited reference search.
  • For help to narrow or broaden your search, take a look at the ANU Library topic analysis guide.

Assess if an article is relevant by reading through the abstract

  • The abstract should summarise the article and help you determine whether you should read the full text of the article. 

Download relevant full text articles and materials

  • Look for the PDF icon or link.
  • If there is no download link, look for the Find it at ANU option.

Apply reading strategies to maximise your time

Organise your research

  • Save or export selected citations to keep an accurate record for your referencing or bibliography.

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