Many articles in databases have links to .pdf or .html versions of the article right in the record. But sometimes you'll need to do a little more work to track down the full text. For useful next steps, see our Guide to Finding Full Text.
Academic Search Complete and Research Library Complete allow you to search for particular countries or locations. Both databases have dropdown menus to the right of their search boxes, and these menus have an option for Country or Location. Click on the dropdown and select Location (you may need to scroll down) after you put your country or city name in the search box. See below for an example.
Use quotation marks around a phrase to get that exact phrase:
"People's Republic of China"
Truncation gives all forms of a word. Put an asterisk (*) at the end of a string of characters to get that string plus any other endings. For example, searching for
gives corrupt, corrupting, and corruption in the same search.
Use the dropdown menus to specify publications with certain terms in their title:
The above example is searching for the term "China" in journals that have the term "urban" in their title.
Note that there are plenty of other useful aspects to search by in the dropdown, such as Geographic Terms and Subject Terms.
Is this article a good one to use? Here are some ways to tell:
Ultimately, use your good judgement. And consulting a wide range of articles can help you get a sense of what a good article on the topic looks like!