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.
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Article Databases for Ethnic Studies Research
Ethnic News Watch
Indexes over 200 ethnic, minority, and native press publications. Contains news, culture, and history searchable in both English and Spanish. Also includes a retrospective backfile of titles (1960-1989).
Indexes materials about Mexican-American topics since 1967, and materials about other Latino cultures (Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants) since 1992. Coverage includes art, language, sociology, public policy, economics, history, literature, politics, and law.
Black Studies Center (BSC)
Includes three modules: The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience which includes interdisciplinary essays on the Black Experience; International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), a database covering some 150 scholarly and popular Black Studies journals, many of them in full text; and the full text backfile of the influential black newspaper The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).
Bibliography of Native North Americans
Indexes books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, and US government documents covering 17 broad regions comprising 290 ethnic groups of native North America. Contains and updates citations from the print counterpart, Ethnographic Bibliography of North America, 1941-1990. Contains more than 80,000 citations. Includes content from the sixteenth century to the present.
America: History and Life
Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Indexes over 1,900 journals, books, dissertations, and reviews in the social sciences on sociological topics as well as selected anthropology, criminology, demography, law, social psychology, and urban development.(Search all CSA/Illumina Social Sciences databases.)
Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese; full-text is available for over 5300 journals.
Searching Article Databases
Examples of searches in various article databases:
keywords = searches most important parts of the record
* = truncation symbol or wildcard; child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood
Ethnic NewsWatch: Ethnic newspapers from all over the US - NOT scholarly
aids or hiv
prevention or education
next to ethnic group: pull down the menu to Native People (this limits articles to those in Native American publications)
too broad; try clicking on one of their suggested terms, such as Human immunodeficiency virus - HIV and Prevention (and remember to limit again to Native People)
not enough, try again; take out a term; use alternative terms
elected officials (keyword)
Black Studies Center
keywords: police and (brutality or violence)
Bibliography of Native North Americans:
search for a phrase (2 or more words that must be found together); add alternative terms as needed
* = truncation symbol or wildcard, stands for any number of characters (child* = child, childs, children, childhood, childish...)
indian remain* or nagpra
break your topic into two concepts and put one concept in each horizontal row:
America: History and Life
american identit* (select a field- optional)
immigra* (select a field - optional)
assimil* or accultural* (select a field - optional)
historical period from: 1900 to 2000
Watch: America: History and Life - the Movie! (2 min 34 seconds)
Sociological Abstracts/CSA Illumina Social Science databases:
Sociology Abstracts: click on the CSA Illumina Social Sciences link to search multiple social science databases
proposition 209 (keywords)
add a term to narrow your search results
Academic Search Complete
higher education (select a field - optional)
chicano* or latino* or hispanic* (select a field - optional)
- click on the title to see full record (including abstracts and descriptors)
- to limit by publication type (peer-reviewed journals, conferences, books, etc.) click on the appropriate tab or link
- if necessary,look for other limits (latest update, journal articles only, english only) and more advanced searches
- select records to save to your personalized list; lists may be e-mailed, downloaded, printed
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.