COM LIT 1B: Art and Everyday Life

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

Sample Searches

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > L > Literature > MLA Bibliography (also good for Film)

to the lighthouse (keywords)
aesthetic* (keywords)

* = truncation/wildcard, for variant word endings (impressionis* = impressionism, impressionist, impressionists, etc.)

lives of others

you'll get some "false drops" because these are common terms; also you'll get more if you search by the filmmaker's name:


check off "English only"

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject >F > Film > FIAF


keywords:  georges melies

language:  english

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > H > History of Art > Art Full Text

futuris* (keywords)

painting* (keywords)

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:

UC e-Links image

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

Last Update: February 02, 2012 16:59