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Urban Education and Urban Studies.: Tutorials

This guide serves as a resource to the interdisciplinary field of urban education, urban affairs and urban studies.

Basic Keyword Searching

Advanced Search Techniques

How to Search the Databases

Select a Database

Use the Databases A to Z to select a specific Database or use Databases by Subject to view database listed by subject.

Access Databases from Off Campus

Only current NSU students, faculty and staff can access our databases from off campus.  To access our databases from off campus, click the name of the database.  You will then see a screen asking you to log in using your NSU network ID and password.

Full Text and Scholarly Articles

Check for Full Text and Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed by clicking the full-text box and scholarly box.


You can determine which citation style to use; the two most commonly used at NSU are MLA and APA.


Search for Articles

Choose Keywords

Choose keywords that represents the important ideas you want the article to contain.

Combine keywords Using AND and OR (Boolean Operators) to refine Your Search

Tell the database how to combine your keywords using Boolean operators.

Refine Your Search Using Limits and Field-Specific Searches

There are two options for refining your search beyond specifying keywords.

Field-Specific searches: the databases looks for a keyword in only a specific field, such as author, title, abstract, or publication title.  Look for a field drop down box next to the search box.

Limiters: additional fields that appear on the search page such as scholarly (or peer-reviewed) date of publication, and article type.