Q. How do I limit my articles in a database search to a specific date range?
Last Updated: Jun 16, 2017     Views: 136

Although most journal databases allow you to limit results by date, how this is done will vary from database to database.

Some databases offer the option to change sort results from relevance (results that most closely match your search) to date (either ascending or descending).  The example below is from the ABI INFORM database:









Others have a tool that uses a sliding bar to let you specify the date range you prefer.  The image below is from the Health Source Nursing Academic database.



And most also allow you to specify a date range before executing the search command.  This example is from the ERIC FirstSearch database.



If you are using SmartSearch to locate journal articles, you have two ways to limit results by date.  You can select a date range using the Date filter on the left side of the screen:

date filters

Or, to display results in date order, with the most recently published resources at the top of the list, you can change the Sort option to Date-newest:

date sort


If you need additional help with limiting your search by date range or any other criteria, be sure to contact a librarian by the link below.

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