AMER STD 191: American Studies Thesis

Article Databases

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

Searching

Sample searches in CSA Illumina Social Science databases:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Sociology > Sociology Abstracts:  click on the CSA Illumina Social Sciences link to search multiple social science databases

1.  Example of a search using multiple terms, phrase searching, alternative terms, truncation,etc

african american* or black*
television
comed*

keywords = searches most important parts of the record

add a term to narrow your search results

     male* or masculin*  (keywords)

* = truncation symbol or wildcard;  child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood

2.  search using official subject terms ("descriptors")

free university (keywords)
san francisco (keywords)

look for official subject terms that could be useful, for example:

experimental colleges (descriptor)

3.  cannabis or marijuana (keywords)
     decriminalization (keywords)

note other search terms that could be useful, such as:  policy  legalization  marijuana laws   etc.

4.  to find more results, especially when the topic is too new for academic journal articles:  broaden your terms

yankee stadium

broaden your terms:

stadium* or arena* (keywords)
impact (keywords)
communit* (keywords)

Sample searches in Business Source Complete:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Business > Business Source Complete

alcohol or tobacco (select a field)
strategic market* (select a field)

too broad?  try changing the field you're searching:

alcohol or tobacco (subject term)
strategic market* (select a field)

Search Results

  • 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 UC-eLinks orange logo 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:

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For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Last Update: February 02, 2012 16:57