Use the databases links below to find articles on automotive topics.
Also known as "Academic Articles" or "Peer Reviewed" articles. Scholarly articles are are written by experts in a field for other experts. They are printed in scholarly journals to share original data, research, or ideas within a field of study. Articles in scholarly journals are reviewed and accepted by other experts in the same field, or peers.
Trade publications are written by professionals for professionals, but may not be peer-reviewed. Trade publications inform and share info about news, trends, technologies, best practices, and products within an industry or profession.
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If you are in the library, automotive books are shelved in the TL section of the print book stacks.
This is the most important rule of searching. Think of words that are most important to your topic. For example, instead of searching for “Laws for teenagers using cell phones while driving,” use the words “laws, cell phones, teen drivers.”
It can be useful to think of a couple of synonyms for key words. Using the example above, you could use “mobile phones” as well as “cell phones.” Slang is often a problem in searches. For example, “car” will get different results than “automobile” in many databases
The connectors are used to link your key words to one another. AND will limit a search and should be used to link different things or concepts. OR expands your search and should be used to link similar things. NOT can be used to exclude words that are muddying your search.
Go to Advanced Search. Leave the normal search boxes at the top of the screen blank. Go down to the section, Publication type and choose Industry Profile or Market Research Report and enter the NAICS code (811111 covers general automotive repair including engine repair, diesel engine repair, parts replacement, fleet repair).