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ITC571 Research Skills Guide: Using journal databases

Information Technology Databases

Wiley Search tips

 Boolean operators AND (also +  or &), OR and NOT (also -) can be used within search fields. These operators must be entered in UPPERCASE to work. 


  • Use a question mark (?) in a search term to represent a single character (wom?n finds women or woman). 
  • Use an asterisk (*) to represent zero or more characters.  

Scimago Journal and Country Rank (SJR)

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) use data from Scopus to provide journals and country metrics.

It is journal-level metric and expresses the average number of citations received in a selected year by the documents published in that journal in the previous three years.  

See the SJR Help for information on how to:

  • Find a journal
  • Rank a journal
  • Understand tables and charts

IEEE Xplore search tips

Capitalization: IEEE Xplore searches for items regardless of capitalization.

Punctuation: IEEE Xplore ignores most punctuation. For example, if you search for solid-state, IEEE Xplore looks for "solid-state", "solid state", "solid_state", and any other occurrences of "solid state" with punctuation between the two words.

Special characters: Most special characters are ignored by IEEE Xplore, including non-alphanumeric characters such as %, -, @, etc. The only special characters recognized by IEEE Xplore are &, +, and /.

See more IEEE Xplore search tips.

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