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Example articles for APLED 121 trade journals assignment

If you didn't easily find an interesting article when searching library databases, feel free to select from this curated list.







Searches in Associates Programs Source Plus:

1. JN "American Spa"  AND  (recyc* or environmental* or sustainab*)

2. "hair salons" 

  • Date
  • Cover
  • Ft
  • Trade journal

Search techniques

To efficiently search library databases, use filters within the database and try search terms you think might be in the article's title, description, or full-text.

Techniques you can use to create database searches:


Use keywords in your searching. Select words or phrases which you predict will appear in an article title or description or full-text.


 Enclose a phrase (a string of 2 or more words) in quotation marks. Example: "global warming"


Truncate (cut off) search terms using an asterisk. The asterisk works as a wildcard. The search term:  recyc*  will retrieve articles which contain any word starting with r-e-c-y-c, like recycle, recycled, recycling, etc.


Combine multiple search concepts using the Boolean terms: AND, OR, NOT

Example searches

  • "beauty salons"
  • "beauty shops"
  • "beauty culture"
  • "hair stylists"
  • haircutting
  • cosmetologists
  • estheticians
  • aestheticians
  • techniques
  • trends
  • safety
  •  manicuring
  • "nail art"
  • "nail art"  AND  trends
  • manicure  AND   trends
  • pedicure  AND   techniques
  • "nail care equipment"
  • "manicure scissors"
  •  spas   AND   sustainability
  • "nail technicians"  AND   trends
  • "nail technicians"  AND   techniques
  • "nail technicians"  AND   safety
  • (manicure OR "nail technicians" OR "nail salon")  AND   (recycl* OR sustainability)

If you're searching for articles about sustainability or related topics, here are some search terms to try.

"clean beauty"

sustainability                    ecology

recycling                          rooftop gardens

green                               buying local

greening                          alternative fuels

green buildings              waste disposal 

green design                  electronic waste 

e-waste                            solar power

renewable resources

renewable energy

energy conservation

energy consumption

corporate social responsibility

biodegradable materials

environmental impact

environmental protection

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