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 - America: History and Life
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > H > History > America: History and Life
To search, start with a word or phrase (two or more words together)
Narrowing: think about places, people or groups, time periods, aspects or events that might help you narrow your topic
1. woman's suffrage
2. add another term in the search box below: california
3. for time period, click on search options and add in "historical period from" 1877-1930
4. modify search instead of "california" try temperance
5. modify search instead of temperance try periodicals or newspapers or journalists
6. if that search seems too broad, change "select a field" to "subject" next to your search terms
- 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.