Once you have done the search, you will want to see what was found.
Most often, the references will be displayed with the more recent material first, working back to progressively older. Others will sort the references based on a "relevance" calculation. It may still be worth browsing the entire list because there will be some interesting references at the end of the list. Some systems let you change the sorting order, in which case some people like to sort by source, thus making their time in the Library more efficient.
The display commands in full form may require you to specify:
As you browse through the list you usually have an opportunity to mark (flag, collect) the references of interest to you. This is most useful when there is a low percentage of good articles as you only print off the references you like.
A couple of database search systems have developed a linking function which checks the catalogue to see if we subscribe to the journal in the reference.
An increasing number of database systems are adding links from the article citations to the journals in electronic format. You can do the search and get the articles without ever coming into the Library!June 20, 2005