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Word Count Requirements

Depending on your instructor, the article you review must have a minimum word count of either 800 -1,000 words (Chaney) or 2,000 words (Drummonds).

For 800 - 1,000 words (Chaney): the article you review needs to be around 1 page, single-spaced in 12pt font, which is equivalent to 1,000 words.

For 2,000 words (Drummonds): the article you review needs to be at least 2 pages, single-spaced in 12pt font. This is equivalent to 2,000 words.

Limit your searches by word count when looking for popular/everyday sources such as magazines and news to make sure your article meets the assignment requirements.

Linking to Articles in Library Databases

If you have trouble linking to articles, try this guide:

Distinguish between Information Source Types

Try Our Best Bet Tools

Locate Professional / Scholarly Journal Articles

Locate Popular Science Magazine & News Articles

Limit search results by word count to only include articles that meet the minimum requirements.

News Articles

Limit by Word Count

Gale databases

Some popular tools: Gale General OneFile; College (Gale In Context); Gale Power Search; Health & Medicine (Gale OneFile)

To find articles of at least 2,000 words:

screenshot of Gale General OneFile with Advanced Search circled in yellow

  1. Select Advanced Search
  2. Enter the desired word count number into the first box preceded by the symbol for "greater than": >1999 (greater than 1,999 = 2,000 or more) [NOTE: Either symbol > (greater than) or < (less than) can be used with any number to adjust the word count of results.]
  3. Change search field to Word Count
  4. Type search terms or keywords into next box(es)
  5. Change search field to Basic Search
  6. Search

annotated screenshot of using word count limiter in Gale General OneFile

ProQuest databases

Some popular tools: Research Library; Biological Sciences Database; ProQuest Central

annotated screenshot of ProQuest database with Advanced Search circled in yellow

  1. Select Advanced Search
  2. Type search terms or keywords into first box
  3. Enter WC(>1999) in the second box [NOTE: WC is the search code for Word Count. You can use the > (greater than) or < (less than) symbols with a specific number, or you can enter a word count range, such as 2000-3000. Just put the symbol and number inside a parenthesis.]
  4. Search

annotated screenshot of advanced searching by word count in ProQuest

Advanced: You can create this search directly on the basic search screen by typing: keywords AND WC(>1999)

screenshot illustrating ProQuest basic search with word count limiter

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)

  1. Select Search Options
  2. Set Number of pages to greater than, less than, equal to, or all.

diagram showing how to use number of pages limiter