Academic Help: Consumer Information
Latest revision as of 12:44, 6 August 2010
 About the Search Form
This form allows you to search through consumer opinions and reports materials in Academic. Whether you're quickly looking for a review of a new product, or you would like to read an article about how a particular company's plans for the next quarter, this widget will help you find what you need. On this search form, you can accomplish tasks such as:
- Read Homewares, Appliances, and Electronics Stories
- Get product reviews via Consumer Reports
- Read critical reviews of books, movies, music, plays, and videos
 Search For
The "Search For" section allows you to input your own key terms. In these search boxes, you can put words or phrases that convey a particular topic, like "cleanser." This is useful when you need to browse several articles on one topic. The Search For section also makes it easy to find articles that include more than one topic. For example you can type "toxic chemicals" in one box, then select "AND" from the drop-down box, and type "cleaning products" in another box. Use the other choices in the drop-down box like "OR", and "NOT" to narrow your results.
 Specify Date
One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current event, try narrowing the date to the last 6 months. If you're researching a past event, use the "Is Between..." option to set the dates yourself. Choosing a time period to search through will change your results drastically. You will be much more likely to find relevant results.
 Select Source
On the Consumer Information search form, simply click the check boxes of those sources you'd like to search.
Your other option is to use the "Edit in Power Search" link to navigate to the Power Search form. From there, you can add Boolean operators to your search.