Try it Out!

The link below will open a frame on the page showing the Academic Search Premier database. Follow along with the instructions for a guided tour of a simple search.

Click here to open Academic Search Premier and try it yourself.

Try it Out!

1. First, if you see a VSC login screen, enter your username and password and login to access the database.

(If you are already logged in or are on campus, this step may be unnecessary.)

Click "Next" below when you see the Academic Search Premier Database.

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2. Search for words Vermont Yankee.

When you see a list of articles click "Next" below.

(You may need to use the scroll-bar at the bottom of the Academic Search Premier frame to fully view the list of search results.)

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3. From the articles returned by your search, find one that looks relevant to your search and click on the title to view more about the article.

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4. Once you have an article you like, scroll down and look for the Subject Terms, Company/Entity, and NAICS/Industry Codes sections of the description. These are all different types of subject headings that have been assigned to the current article.

From here you can...

  • follow these links to find more articles with those topics, or
  • use these words and phrases as search terms in other library databases, in the library catalog and on the Web to improve your search results.

For now, click on one of the subjects to see a list of articles with that subject.

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Now you should see a listing of all the articles in the database with that subject term.

This technique - performing keyword searches and then looking at the subject terms assigned to relevant articles - is a good way to explore a topic and identify good search terms.

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Good Job!

Learning techniques and strategies for Finding Information in library databases or on the internet will help put relevant, credible, and usable sources of information at your fingertips!