You will want to type in major keywords connected to your search. For example, if you wanted to research how exercise might prevent strokes, you might want to use "exercise" and "stroke" as your keywords. Once you hit go, it will take you to the results page. If you are off-campus, you will need to login to your MyCCCC account and click on the link for Library/LRC. If you need assistance, call 910-938-6237 or send an email to email@example.com.
On the following page, you will be presented with a list of results.
Because you will often get a large number of results on NC LIVE, you can use the "Refine Your Result" section on the lefthand side of the results page to narrow that down to much more manageable number of results.
For starters, you want to make sure that full text is selected to ensure that you will be able to read the full article. Next, select scholarly/peer reviewed so that you know you are getting credible, scholarly sources.
Underneath content type, selecting journal article is typically going to be the most helpful so that you will be getting articles from academic journals.
You may want to try using the discipline option to narrow down to articles from specific disciplines, such as medicine..
Oftentimes, especially if you are doing research in the sciences, you will want to narrow down the publication date to articles published in the last 5 or 10 years.
If you keep scrolling, there is an additional limiter for subject. Subject is often the most helpful for narrowing down results. Every article in NC LIVE will have subjects assigned to it based on the major topics of the article. This allows us to pick out articles where the topic we want is a major subject of the article. Click on subject to expand, and then click "More" to open a new sidebar with the full list, which can be sorted alphabetically or numerically.
From the full list, we can pick out the subject (or subjects) that appear most helpful. For now, I might want to just select "stroke" so that I know strokes are a major topic of the article. Once we select "stroke", it will automatically refine our results to articles where stroke is a major topic. If you still have too many results, you may want to go back to your original keywords and add more to further narrow the number of articles.
For this search, we might want to go ahead and look at the second result, which is titled "Using Aerobic Exercise to Improve Health Outcomes and Quality of Life in Stroke: Evidence-Based Exercise Prescription Recommendations." If you close out of the "Subject" sidebar you'll be able to get more information about the article when you hover over it.
If this looks helpful, we can click on it to load the full article. Also note the tools toward the top of the page that allows you to e-mail an article to yourself or to someone else and also the option to cite the article. You can also save or print the PDF of the article.
*Check your spelling!
*Put quotation marks around distinctive phrases (Ex: “global warming”, “death penalty”).
*Do not type complete sentences or questions as done in a Google search. Instead, just search for the major keywords of your research topic
*If you are receiving too few results, try altering your keywords. Try out synonyms (such as climate change for global warming) or broader search terms (such as mammals instead of wolves)
*If you are receiving too many results, try narrowing down your search terms (such as "global warming and polar bears" instead of just "global warming" to achieve a more manageable number of results.