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Q. How do I limit my search to recent articles?

My assignment requires that journal articles must be from the most recent few years.

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016     Views: 48

Many library databases allow you to sort search results so that the most recent publications come first in the list. In addition, many article indexes and databases allow you to limit your search to specific date ranges.

In QuickSearch, use the date filter to limit your search results to recent articles.

In Ebsco and ProQuest, look for similar filters.

Date limit options in ProQuest and Ebsco

In some databases, the most recent issues may not be available online. For instance, the most recent 12 months may not be online, due to publisher restrictions. In that instance, you may want to try Find it! or try our Article Finder to locate full text.  You may also request the article on Interlibrary Loan.

JSTOR is an important archive of journals from many subject areas, but keep in mind that most coverage is between 3-5 years out of date. JSTOR does not usually have recent journal issues.

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