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Increasingly, articles can be found online in full-text format, however many still only exist in print. Libraries across the campus offer access to both full-text online and print materials. Now, we will focus on finding and citing articles.
Before we start, it is important to differentiate between the three types of journals. Journals are best divided into the following categories: Scholarly/peer reviewed, trade/professional, and popular.
When compiling research for an academic paper, for instance, scholarly/peer reviewed journals are crucial. However, trade and popular articles may be useful for contemporary architecture. Read about how to critically evaluate resources as you perform your research.
You will see options to search electronic resources by subject, type, title, or general. From here, you will be able to access the databases we cover in this exercise and more…
1. Select Electronic resources: subjects A-Z
2. Select Architecture
3. Select Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Avery Index is one of the best resources for architecture journal article citations. Although we will walk through the process of searching Avery, you can also view a 4 minute long Avery video tutorial for detailed instruction.
Once in Avery, you will notice that it defaults to the advanced search option. Observe that there are various fields in which to input keywords. However, also note the automatic application of Boolean search operators OR and AND. If you want to search for articles identified by any of your keywords, make sure that all operators are changed to OR. AND will identify only articles that include ALL of your keywords, potentially ruling out some useful results. See what happens when we experiment with some tholos tomb keyword combinations below.
4. Enter “tholos tomb*” OR “beehive tomb*” OR “passage grave*” (to search articles identified by any of these keywords) AND “gree*” [for Greek or Greece] OR “early minoan” to search for articles containing any of the above keywords plus the keywords pertaining to location and time period. Enter the search terms as shown:
5. Click “Search”
6. Note that we receive only a few results. This may indicate that the search is too specific
7. Return to the search page and remove “gree*” and “early minoan”
8. Execute a new search for “tholos tomb*” OR “beehive tomb*” OR “passage grave*”
9. Note that we receive more results
At this point, note the available features. As in Oskicat, we can save or email records. Additionally, notice the inclusion of Discovery Links. Where available, Discovery Links provide images, definitions and other supplemental forms of information related to the record.
10. Click the Discovery Links link for the The Structural Mechanics of the Mycenaen Tholos Tomb record. You will see various images from ARTstor. Close the Discovery Links window
11. Open the record (click on the title) for The Structural Mechanics of the Mycenaen Tholos Tomb.
11. To locate an article either online or in print form, select the UC-eLinks link
12. A window will pop up to reveal possible ways to obtain the article. In this case, this article is available in full text online (select JSTOR Arts and Sciences 5). Click through until you have retrieved the text.
Note: As you perform your research, if you would prefer to use print materials or cannot retrieve the text of an article you need online, you should use the “Find a Print Copy” option to see whether UCB has a print copy in a campus library.
Exercise Part 5
Focusing on your topic, use the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals and repeat these steps with the keywords you previously compiled. Try different combinations of your keywords for a comprehensive search. Once you have saved a list of records to your bibliography, remember to add your citations to Zotero or RefWorks.
In addition to Avery Index, there are many other recommended databases to search for articles. All are accessible through Electronic Resources – UCB. Remember, you are NOT limited to the suggested resources. Additional recommended resources for this class include:
You may also want to browse the Electronic Resources for databases on different, but related subjects. For example, if your topic is a building in China, check databases under subject: Chinese Studies.
Exercise Part 6
Focusing on your topic, use two of the resources above other than Avery Index and perform searches using the keywords you previously compiled. Try different combinations of your keywords for a comprehensive search. Remember to add your citations to Zotero or RefWorks.
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