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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2020     Views: 3

Here are the steps for finding scholarly articles in our library databases.  Below, I will add some information about your specific research topic.

1. Start at the library homepage. (If you are off campus, access the library's home page by first logging into MyTCC/ Blackboard.)
2. Click on the Articles & Databases link.
3. Select Academic Search Premier and click on the Full Text  limiter, then enter a search term in the top search box. (In this case, "saturated fat" would be a good start.)
4. You can then try to narrow down the results to articles that will focus on the benefits by adding the term benefits (or another word that might be included in the description of an article discussing the positive aspects) to the second box.  Ideally, this will filter out many articles that don't discuss saturated fat in a positive way. If that doesn't work, 
5. You can limit to just scholarly articles by clicking that limiter (filter) on the left side of the screen. 
6.  You can repeat this process in other databases that are a bit more specialized, especially if you don't find enough information in Academic Search Premier. (Academic Search Premier has a general scope, meaning it covers many different topics.)  See step 7 for more information on this. 

7. You can locate databases for a particular topic by clicking on the All Subjects drop-down menu on the A-Z Database List page. To find information about how saturated fat might benefit one's heath, you would select Nursing, Allied Health, and Medicine.  Some of those databases will look different than Academic Search Premier, but all databases work basically the same:  you can keyword search, then manipulate your results using various facets or limiters.  Read the screen carefully to locate the 'view full text,' and other access commands.

A few notes about your particular topic:  

As you may already know, most of the research will be discussing the health problems caused by consuming saturated fats.  One thing you may want to do is re-sort your results so that instead of appearing in order of relevance, they appear in date order, newest first.  Usually, this command is found near the top of the results list.  

Also, unless you are quite familiar with topics related to health and diet, many of the scholarly articles will be difficult to understand.  I suggest sorting the list to show just magazines first, and take some time to read through a few articles.  This will help familiarize you with the basics and the vocabulary before you go in and try to read the scientific, research-based articles, as those are really written for experts in the field.  As a matter of fact, it might be a good idea to take a look at some of the magazine articles on the list you get when you just enter saturated fat as a search term...then add the word benefits in the second box & read a few from that list.

Finally, be prepared to find that there's not much written about the benefits of consuming saturated fats.  In order to get enough information for your paper, you may need to remove the full text limiter and see what articles are available through Interlibrary Loan.

If you need more help, please feel free to book a one-on-one research appointment with a librarian. You can find the Schedule a Research Appointment  link on our homepage.