State College Ely Library
Expanded Academic ASAP
an Internet Browser at any networked workstation
on campus. Start
On Campus: from the Ely Library Home Page
(http://www.lib.wsc.ma.edu) select Expanded Academic ASAP from the
Off-Campus Access (Only
available to Westfield State College
Faculty, Staff, and Students): go to the
Databases page (http://www.lib.wsc.ma.edu/offcampdbmenu.html) and select
Academic ASAP. You will be prompted for a username and password
(this is the same username and password used to login to a Westfield State
College computer on campus.).
Search Screen: Provides you with a Subject Guide Search(default),
a Basic Search, a Publication Search, or an
with terms that you supply. Select your searching method on the top bar
before typing your terms in the Find box and click on Search or
enter on your keyboard.
Retrieval Screens: The Subject Guide
articles by category
Subjects containing the words:
Subject Guide Search (see sample screen below):
Lets you search for topics that contain your search words. When typing
in terms in the search box, it is usually best to search for only one or
two words. This produces a list that groups articles by their main
headings, or what they are ABOUT, for easier review.
Basic Search (see sample screen below):
of the following searches produce a citation list with the most recent
articles listed first. Search for words in:
Subject - Searches topics (see above) by which articles are organized
Keyword - Searches the title, author, citation, and abstract fields
Full text - Searches for all articles that contain your search words
anywhere. Full text searching is not recommended unless the term used is
Publication Search: Searches for information
on specific magazine, journal, or newspaper titles. If you know which
issue an article is in, you can find it by selecting the appropriate journal
or magazine and clicking on the issue you need. You can also find out whether
a particular periodical is scholarly.
Advanced Search (see sample screen below):
Searches various indexes that you select: date (da), keyword
and document title (ti), and for journal title, use publication
title (pu). For publication date (pd), you may specify "before"
or "after" any date you chose.
Click on the drop down menu to Select index(es).
Click in the entry box and enter one or more words related to the index
you have selected.
Select the appropriate logical operators (AND, OR, NOT) to complete your
Click on Start.
Clicking on the Subject: brings you to a citation list (see
below) for this heading with folders listing number of hits for different
types of materials (ex: Magazines & Journals / Reference / News
Multimedia). Bold type represents those headings most frequently
found in Expanded Academic ASAP.
Subdivisions: lets you narrow your search by viewing the subdivisions
of a heading.
Related Subjects: shows you other subject headings.
See (not shown here): provides a link to the
accepted subject heading
The Citation List: displays
a list that matches your search term(s) with various options explained
The Article Screen:
the full text of one article with graphics. Several Printing Options
Citation (enough information to locate the article elsewhere);
Abstract (citation and a brief summary); Full-text (the complete
article online); and # PDF pages (where "#" represents the
number of pages which include pictures and graphs); About this publication
(check here to find out if something is scholarly); How to Cite (Do
NOT RELY ON THIS for your citations. As of 9/1/05, it is inaccurate. Base
your format on the WSC Citation Guides http://www.lib.wsc.ma.edu/citation.htm).
Mark - Clicking in a box next to a citation bookmarks an article
for later review or printing.
To review, print, or email marked items, click on
on the top navigation bar.
Options will be limited to Browser Printing without
Acrobat Reader options (see below).
Mark all items on this page - Clicking in the box marks all articles
the page for later review or printing.
Expand/Limit - lets you limit your found citations to articles
with Full-text, or to articles in peer reviewed publications, or by publication
date, title, etc..
Please Logout (top right of your screen) when you are finished using
Whenever possible, use the database options to Print or E-Mail.
Printing: At a full record display for a Full Text document, click
on Print on the top Thompson * Gale navigation bar, then
click OK to print a formatted copy.
PDF Pages: Use this to retrieve and print an image of the original
in Portable Document Format (PDF). Click on the PDF page(s)
(under the citation information) to download an image of the item to your
system. To print, click on the printer icon just above the document.
Email: Enter your full email address, select the record format that
you want to mail, and click on Submit Email request.
Download: To save records or full-text articles from your search,
click on Download located on the top Thompson * Gale navigation
Maintained by Corinne Ebbs / Last updated Sept. 8, 2005