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32144 Technology Research Preparation: Articles

In this guide:

Finding academic journal articles and conference papers from databases of Information Technology:

Database search skills:

  • Identify the keywords and alternative terms from your research question, and you can reuse the concept table
  • Use Boolean operators and brackets to group search terms: AND, OR, NOT

  • Use “quotation marks” for exact phrases, “machine learning”
  • Use truncation character “*” to broaden the search, e.g. diagnos* will search diagnosis, diagnose and diagnostic
  • Search sample:

    Using machine learning and image recognition technology to help medical diagnosis

    Search string: "machine learning" AND (imag* OR pattern) AND diagnos*


  • Use SFX to find full text
  • Choose “peer reviewed” option to find academic journal articles
  • Request articles through InterLibrary Loan if they are not available from UTS library
  • Look at an article’s reference list (cited articles) and citing articles to expand related resources and discover the research cycle

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