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RESULTS & RECORDS
Database Searches will
yield a list of items that match the search criteria.
From the search results list, researchers can access an item's
record to get more information (usually by clicking on a hyperlinked
Also, some databases provide full text versions of articles in html
or PDF formats, which can be accessed from links in the results list
or the item's record. Many databases, however, do not offer full text
articles. Instead they give citations (bibliographic information)
and usually abstracts (brief summaries). All this information is indicated
in either the results list or an item's record.
Therefore, knowing how to interpret various parts of a database results
list and an item's record is an important part of conducting research.
OF A DATABASE RESULTS LIST AND RECORD
An example list of search results is shown below with labels on the
information about an item can be obtained by clicking hyperlinks in
the results list. For example, clicking on article titles or links
labeled "summary plus," "abstract," or something
similar will open an item's full record, which will offer information
comparable to that shown in the following example:
in a results list or item record can be activated to access more information
or initiate another search. In the example above, for example, clicking
on the periodical title will initiate a search for all items in that
periodical, and clicking on a hyperlinked subject term will initiate
a search using that term.
Items available in full text format will provide links to the full
text in the item's record and usually on the results list. The following
sections show typical links to full text articles as they appear in
search results lists. Also, images of a partial page from each online
article illustrates ways that HTML and PDF articles differ.
FULL TEXT ITEM
files load quickly and often include hyperlinks. However,
they seldom include page numbers and frequently omit images
FULL TEXT ITEM
files require Adobe Acrobat Reader and load more slowly
than HTML pages. However, PDF files are scans of pages;
therefore, they include images and graphics and replicate
an article's appearance in the periodical.
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