MEDIAST 130: Research Methods in Media Studies

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 CSA Illumina Social Sciences

Note:  remember, some very current topics won't retrieve any academic journal articles yet.  You'll have to search for broader, related topics for articles that can provide you with the scholarly background for your paper, and use popular articles for the current information.  Check with your instructor.

Sample searches in CSA Illumina Social Science databases:

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

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

     Topic: media coverage of immigrants

     immigra*             (keywords)
     portray*
or media or public opinion           (keywords)
     united states
or america*   (keywords)

keywords = searches most important parts of the record
two or more words together in one box = phrase (words found together, in that order)
select "English only" checkbox if desired

narrowing down search results - use official subject terms (descriptors)

immigra*             (keywords)
portray*
or media or public opinion           (descriptor)
united states
or america*   (keywords)

narrowing down search results - add a term, OR use a narrower term:

add a row

immigra*             (keywords)
portray*
or media or public opinion           (keywords)
united states
or america*   (keywords)
latino* or mexican* or hispanic*   (keywords)

or

immigra*             (keywords)
portray*
or media or public opinion           (keywords)
united states
or america*   (keywords)
labor*  or agricultur*  or jobs      (keywords)

CSA Illumina:  the Movie!  (3:38 minutes)  searching, includes UC e-links, saving to a list, displaying in citation format...

Searching multiple article databases relating to Media Studies

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is an interdisciplinary database (covers all disciplines)

     illegal or undocumented        (keywords)
     immigra*   (keywords)
     media or news*     (keywords)

type or if you need it between two terms

click on academic journals in the left column to limit to peer-reviewed journals

add more databases!

click on choose databases (at the top)

select Communications Abstracts, Film & Television Index, then OK

finally, try using official subject terms:

     illegal or undocumented        (keywords)
     immigra*   (keywords)
     media or news*     (subject terms)

 

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: August 29, 2012 17:10