Conducting Electronic Research

Academic Search Premier

Steps to an Academic Search Premier Search

Academic Search Premier is the largest full-text, academic database in the world. Designed especially for institutions of higher learning, it indexes over 4300 scholarly publication, journal and periodical sources spanning every field of study. This is a subscription based database and not available outside of a university computer network.

Note: Access is a benefit included in your student fees. If you are attempting entry from a computer located off-campus, you will be required to enter a student ID and password before entering the database.

Step One

Feel free to click on the Databases button on the home page of Colorado State University's Morgan Library, select A from the alphabet menu and Academic Search Premier at the top of the list to become the researcher yourself as you follow the discussion below.

The screen-shot below illustrates the first step in using Academic Search Premier. As you can see, this database is being hosted by EBSCO, an electronic platform, or database directory vendor, and it has already selected Advanced Search at the top of the page and Academic Research Premier from the drop-down menu. The researcher has entered renewable energy resources in the Find field and selected Abstract in the Search field.

Screen shot of Academic Search Premier

Step Two

This screen-shot illustrates the results page returned after submitting the search request. Take a moment and study the page. The search returned 203 results. Notice that the left-hand menu bar offers opportunities to narrow the search by subject and that across the top are choices that limit by publication type.

Screen shot of Academic Search Premier

Step Three

This screen-shot illustrates what happens when the search is limited to results returned from the Wind Power selection. As you can see, some of the 15 available choices are followed by the FindIt@CSU search button and some simply by links to Full Text HTML or PDF Files. Notice that the word energy is presented in bold italics throughout highlighting one of the original keywords in your initial search.

Screen shot of Academic Search Premier

Step Four

This screen-shot displays the results returned after the researcher has clicked on the FindIt@CSU button for item number three. The FindIt@CSU page provides tools for locating the selected resource both within and beyond the Morgan Library system as well as a handy citation capture tool.

Screen shot of Academic Search Premier

Step Five

Documenting your sources is always important, so the final screen-shot displays the citation information tool. As you can see, this tool allows you to select your citation style from a drop-down menu and cut and paste the proper bibliographic information into your references documentation page.

Screen shot of Academic Search Premier

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