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Wellesley College Research Guides


Key Databases


SuperSearch is a great place to start for journal articles, books and almost everything else the library has, in one easy to use interface.

For searching with more precision inside this subject area, try one of our databases.

Search SuperSearch for articles, books, & more


General Search Tips

Boolean Operators

  • AND - combines search terms so that each search result contains all of the terms. For example, education AND technology finds articles that contain both terms.
  • OR - combines search terms so that each search result contains at least one of the terms. For example, education OR technology finds results that contain either term.
  • NOT - excludes terms so that each search result does not contain any of the terms that follow it. For example, education NOT technology finds results that contain the term education but not the term technology.


In many catalogs and databases, truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *.  

For example, type comput* to find the words compute, computes, computer, computing, computation, etc..

Types of Articles

Scholarly Journals Magazines Trade Publications Newspapers

Report thorough description of original research or theories. Generally scrutinized by a panel of subject experts (peer review) before publishing.

Provide information, news, opinions, entertainment to the general public on a broad array of topics.

Provide practical information for members of a profession, industry, or organization: news, trends, products, and research summaries.

Cover breaking news, news analysis, and feature stories.

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