This tutorial shows how to search effectively in Academic Search Premier. This is an multidisciplinary database that covers journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

To access Academic Search Premier, select Databases and Articles. Then choose Academic Search Premier under Research Starting Points. If you are off-campus, enter your ODIN username and password to log in.

Does your screen look like this now?

asc home page

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Start your search

Enter these keywords in the first search box:

       "pay gap" OR "wage gap"

The search terms are separated with OR because they are different expressions of the same concept. The computer searches for both search terms. 

Use quotes around two or more words to tell the database to search for them as phrases rather than as individual words.

Now, on the left, check the box for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, which limits your search to articles in peer-reviewed journals.

For recent articles, select a date range. Move the date scroll bar to find articles from 2003 to 2015.


date scroll bar

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Narrow a search

A good way to narrow a search is to combine your original search with additional search terms using AND. Type in the second search box:

        women OR gender

Notice that the drop-down menu in front of the search box is set to AND.

How did adding more terms with AND change our search results?

If you want to narrow these results further, you could choose a subject term on the left-hand side of the web page. Use Subject: Thesaurus Term to view the terms.

subject terms for search

Check the box wage differentials and the database should automatically update. Now you should have fewer results that are focused on the differences in wages between genders.

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Subject terms

Subject terms narrow your subject, and they indicate what the articles are about.

Subject terms can point to terms to use to refine your results.

To see how this works, click clear at the top of the page and try a new search using terms found in the Subject: Thesaurus Term list. Change the drop down menu next to each search box from Select a Field to SU Subject Terms. Enter these terms into the three search boxes:

        discrimination in employment

AND gender

AND wages

This search retrieves a different results list. Try different keyword or subject combinations. Be persistent and flexible when searching in databases!

What do you think of the first page of results?

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Getting articles

Search for this article in the results list:

Ryu, Kirak. (2010). State Policies And Gender Earnings Inequality: A Multilevel Analysis of 50 U.S. States Based on U.S. Census 2000 Data. Sociological Quarterly 51 (2), 226-254.

When you select the article title, you will be able to read the abstract of the article, which summarizes the article. If you want to access the article in full text, you can click on the Linked Full Text link.

Now, select the Cite link on the right-hand side of the page. This shows bibliographical citation formats. While this is a really helpful tool, it is not always accurate. Always check your citations at Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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Getting full text

What if you want to read an article in Academic Search Premier that is not linked full text?

Clear your previous search. Do a new search for The myth of salary discrimination in public relations. Change the drop down menu next to the search box to TI Title.

There is not a full-text link for this article, yet there is a  green find it @ psu button button. Click on this button!

Find It @ PSU will search all of the PSU Library databases to see if it is available. If it is, then there will be a link to the article or to the journal that it was published in. If we do not have the article, you will see a link to request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

In what database is "The Myth of salary Discrimination in Public Relations" available?

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