Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2019     Views: 40


I searched a few COM Library databases (you will have to log in off campus with your last name and COM Student ID#) and also Google Scholar. You'll find the links to these below.

In each database, I had to use a slightly different combination of terms. One search phrase that was successful was:

 public institutions AND internal financial control system AND report*

Using the capitalized AND tells the database you want articles that discuss all of these concepts. It is called a boolean search. I used "report*" instead of the word reporting, which is called truncation, so the database would find all forms of that word (report, reports, reporting, etc.).

That search was successful in Education Administration Abstracts and in Google Scholar.

In Education Administration Abstracts, which is an EBSCO database, take the following steps after you run your search. First, be sure to check the Full Text box on the left. Next, if you want to adjust the publication date range, use the slide bar or type a new year into the box. Finally, to narrow the results even further, click the Subject heading. This will produce a short list of subject terms. Click the Show More link immediately underneath the terms, and a dialog box with all the subject terms will appear. Check off the relevant subjects, then hit the yellow update button.

When using Google Scholar, enter the same search phrase. You can uncheck the "Include Patents" option under the search bar. From the results page, you can create a custom publication date range on the left, and also sort by publication date if you want.

In Academic Search Complete, another EBSCO database, I used the search phrase:

(public institutions OR universities) AND (internal auditing OR financial management) AND report*

You will take essentially the same steps as you did in the 1st database to narrow your results. Select full text, update the publication date if needed, and click the Subject -Thesaurus Terms heading. In this database, the Thesaurus Terms are the academic subject terms you want to use. You can also click to expand the Geography heading in the same manner if you want to limit to a certain country or countries.

You will not be able to access all of the articles in the result list. Some will be from subscription databases. For the most part, you can access the articles with the additional link to the right of the list.

I am also including links to our guides, How to use Academic Search Complete (which will also help with the 1st database) and Public Journals Online & Free databases. The 2nd has links to some free databases, like DOAJ, ERIC, and DASH that had some possible results. You'll find the links in the last two pages of the guide, Open Access & More and Free databases. 

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