InfoTrac Custom Journals indexes articles from business and trade publications with a European focus. Subjects covered include finance, acquisitions and mergers, international trade, money management, new technologies and products, business trends, investments and banking. The database goes back to 1982, although coverage of individual titles may vary, and the majority of articles are from 1990 onwards.
Do not use Internet Explorer when searching Infotrac. It has a fault which makes displaying the full text of articles very difficult. Use Firefox or Google Chrome instead. Go to the InfoTrac home page at http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb?athens_ident=yes Enter your Athens username and password and click Login>>.
You can also go to InfoTrac Custom Journals using our Databases section of the Search for menu, then click on InfoTrac Custom Journals. Enter your Athens username and password and click Login >>. Click Proceed at the Infotrac screen. InfoTrac Custom Journals is already selected, click Continue >> to display the basic search screen.
Enter one or more words in the Find box. Select a search option by clicking one of the radio buttons below the Find box; Subject, Keyword or Entire document. The database is set to use a keyword search. You can also choose More search options. This allows you to limit your search to: full text articles, peer reviewed articles (solid academic research), or a range of dates. Click the blue Search button.
You can also choose a Subject guide search when you want to browse a listing of subjects, people, products, locations and organizations that contain word or words you entered. From this listing, you can select a term and see a results list of matching items, or navigate through the Subject Guide by selecting subdivision and related subjects links.
Use Publication Search to search for a single edition, volume, or issue of a particular publication and retrieve all its available documents. Types of publications you can search for may include magazines, journals, newspapers, reference works, and other source materials, depending on the database(s) you are searching.
Advanced Search gives you a framework for building as simple or as complex a search as you want. You can search for terms from one index, or from multiple indexes linked by AND, OR, or NOT. If enabled, you may limit your search (click the More search options link if search limit fields are not displayed).
The most common way to combine search terms is to use and, or and not
Sometimes you might want to find more than just exact matches to a search term. Wildcards let you substitute symbols for one or more letters. With wildcards, you can match both the singular and plural forms of a word, words that begin with the same root or words that can be spelled in different ways. You can even match words that you're not sure how to spell! There are three wildcard operators:
If you see a message about a search being invalid, try adding more letters before the wildcard character.
If your search is successful, you will see a results list with items matching your search criteria. There are tabs at the top of the list, click them to select the type of material you want. There are also options to limit your search further, such as "peer reviewed". Click the box to apply the limit. If no results can be found, you will see a message asking you to revise your search or select one of the "Did You Mean?" alternate terms.
If the full text is available, you will see either full text and images or PDF file icons at the foot of the record. Click them to display the full text. When you are finished click Close this window at the top left. An A icon at the foot of a record means that an abstract is available. You can check availability from all our other suppliers by clicking the green 360 Link icon this will open a window to our serials solutions system to enable you to check for links to the article.
Mark the records by clicking the box beside the title. Go up to the top of the screen and click on the small yellow folder labelled Marked items. To print, click the print icon on the left. Choose either a citation list (short format - saves paper) or a full document (includes abstract, not full text!), then click print to proceed. To email, click the email icon and enter your email address. Click send. To save, select citation tools then choose your preferred format, and click save. At the dialogue window, click save again, then specify your filename and destination (either the student workspace or a USB pen drive). To export to refworks, select citation tools, then click the export to refworks button and the blue export button. The RefWorks window will pop up - if you have a popup blocker on your PC, you will need to switch it off. To log in, click the blue Athens users link. The records will then be imported. For more information on RefWorks, have a look at the handy hints guide on SMILE.
When you have finished searching, click the logout link at the top right of the screen.
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