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Entry #5 Using Popular Science Sources
Librarian's Tips


For this example, we are going to say that you need to find an article about stem cells from a popular science magazine such as Discover, Science News, or Scientific American, to name just a few.

You need to find a magazine index that will index these popular science magazines. FirstSearch's GenSciAbs is one such computerized index that can lead you to articles from popular science magazines.

Step 1: You need to get into FirstSearch.

Once you are in FirstSearch, you should see a long list of indexes/databases. Scroll down the page to click on GenSciAbs.


Step 2:

  • Make sure that you are searching the correct database, such as GenSciAbs.
  • Type your keywords (topic) in the box next to "Search for:"
  • Make sure the box, next to the box where you typed your topic (stem cells), says "Keyword."
  • Within the box on the next line under your topic (stem cells), type in the title of the magazine that you want to search. For this example, we will search Science News magazine.
  • You must tell the computer (FirstSearch) that Science News is the Source/magazine that you want to search. The default word in the white box next to where we typed "science news" will say "Keyword." You need to click on the down arrow within the box. You will be presented with a long list of options. Scroll down the list to click on "Source Phrase."
  • The following image shows what the search boxes should look like IF you are using the GenSciAbs index to search for stem cells in the source/magazine by the name of Science News.


Step 3: Click on the "Search" button and the computer will perform the search.


Step 4: In GenSciAbs, there are 59 citations that have something to do with stem cells that are located within Science News magazine.

  • If you click on the title of the article, you may be presented with an abstract (summary) of the article.
  • Some (not all) of the citations within GenSciAbs will give you the entire full-text of the article from Science News. Click on the link, within the citation, that reads as "View Full Text in HTML format (WilsonSelectPlus)" and the full-text of the article will be presented on the computer screen for you to read or print.
  • Delta Library owns many issues of Science News. Science News, as well as most magazines and journals, are shelved alphabetically by the title of the publication in the periodical section of the library. (Area near the Reference Desk).

Step 5:

  • If you do not find what you want in Science News, then choose one of the other magazines, and start the process over again.

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University Center, MI  48710
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Last updated: 5/10/2010


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