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Searching for Articles & Using Databases

Limiting your results

Have you ever shopped online, and had to limit your results to find something in your size and favorite color? You were using a limiter!


With databases, limiters allow you to refine your search by date, material type, subject, location, and more. They are usually located in the advanced search, or on the left-hand side of your results page.

Databases have many options that can help refine your search.

  • Material types such as peer-reviewed journal, magazine, newspaper, or Conference Proceedings
  • Year or range of years of publication
  • Subject (or Topic)
  • Journal Title
  • Language
  • Geography

Limiting a search can be done at the beginning of your search or after your search, depending on the situation.  There are good reasons for both methods.Try it out--see how your results change!