Welcome to the Brown School Library Community Accessible Resources research guide. The guide provides resources for our community partners, field instructors, and alumni. Here are links to the boxes on this webpage.
Free-to-Read Full Text Articles
Tips for Searching Google Scholar
Getting Articles that Aren't Free
Assistance: Community partners, field instructors, and alumni should contact Lori for assistance. If you would like to self-schedule a Zoom meeting with Lori, please click the link: https://wustl.libcal.com/appointments/siegel
The following words/phrases may help you to narrow your results to evidence-based items. Choose from the below suggestions or add some of your own evidence-based words/phrases to your search.
clinical trial comparative study controlled trial evaluation study intervention longitudinal study metaanalysis meta-analysis metanalysis meta-synthesis metasynthesis multi-center study multicenter study observational study pilot study qualitative study quantitative study systematic review
Searching Google Scholar for Articles
Many people search Google Scholar because it is comprehensive and free. Some articles are free-to-read. But, many Google Scholar results are not free-to-read. Below are some tips if you prefer to search Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/
Quick Tips for Using Google Scholar
1. Use the Settings (click on the menu icon that looks like 3 horizontal lines) to choose:
2. To get to the Advanced Search mode, click on the menu icon (top, left). Then choose Advanced Search.
3. With your free account, you can Save the Settings as the default for your account. Then, you won't have to adjust the settings every time that you search Google Scholar.
4. With your free account, you can set up alerts. Then, Google will bring results to you when it finds items that match your search criteria.
5. Google Scholar does not use a truncation symbol. DON'T use the asterisk at the end of words. For example, do NOT: abuse* (DON'T do this!)
6. Google Scholar doesn't use parentheses.
7. Google Scholar only has the Boolean operator OR
8. Using quotation marks around a phrase turns off the automatic synonym search and looks for the phrase exactly how you typed it.
9. Use the hyphen to exclude items from your results (similar to the Boolean operator NOT). For example, -children
10. Example of a search in the basic search box: intitle:"domestic violence"
11. Example of a search in the basic search box: author:"j. green" OR author:"john green" OR author:"john e. green" OR author:"j. e. green"
12. Example of a search in the basic search box: "domestic violence" OR "family violence" -"elder abuse"
How to Get Articles that are Not Free-to-Read
If you search Google Scholar or are given some citations, you may find some articles that aren't free-to-read. Here are some options for acquiring the full text: