Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic. The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.
1. Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic. Examples: literature, film, anthropology, history...
2. Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department). Look for "Recommended" databases.
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject
Examples of Article Databases
MLA International Bibliography
Indexes journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings and other materials supporting critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Sponsored by the Modern Language Association.
International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
Indexes over 4500 periodicals and 5000 conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften, edited volumes, conference proceedings, and exhibition catalogues covering all aspects of the middle ages (400-1500 A.D.) in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Articles covered were written from 1954 to thepresent
Searching for Literary Criticism: Articles
Search strategies for MLA Bibliography:
1. Search by title of the literary work (example: morte darthur)
(NOTE: morte d'arthur with apostrophe retrieves far fewer items!)
2. If you need to retrieve more items, search by the author's name (ex: white, t h)
3. If you have to combine separate search terms, put them in separate lines:
4. Look through your search results for useful search terms; combine them with author's names or other search terms. Use the truncation symbol/wildcard * to retrieve variant word endings:
idylls of the king
women or fem*
If necessary, check off "english only" to eliminate materials in French, Italian, etc.
UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location
Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.
Finding Articles: The Movie!
From the Library home page to searching MLA Bibliography and using UC e-links to find the library location of the journal both online and in the libraries (via the MELVYL catalog):