AMER STD 191: American Studies Senior 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

Sample Searches

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

redempt*  (keywords)
sport* (keywords)

scandal* (keywords)
sport*  (keywords)
elite*  or professional* (keywords)

keywords = searches most important parts of the record

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

2.  use an official subject term ("descriptor")

 women of color or minorit* or ethnic* (keywords)
work* (keywords)

mother*  (keywords)

women of color or minorit* or ethnic* (keywords)
work* (de)

mother*  (de)

3.  broaden your search by taking out a term

prison* or jail* or incarcerat* (keywords)
condom*  (keywords)
sex education (keywords)

prison* or jail* or incarcerat* (descriptor)
condom*  (keywords)

4.  look through your search results for additional useful terms

cannabis or marijuana (keywords)
decriminalization (keywords)

note other potential search terms such as:  policy  legalization  marijuana laws   etc.

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

yankee stadium (keywords)

broaden your terms:

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

take out terms that just retrieve too many items

black* or african american*  (keywords)
masculin* or men or male* (keywords)
medical* (keywords)

black* or african american*  (keywords)
masculin* (keywords)
medical* (keywords)

Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete (interdisciplinary)

mexican* or latino* (select a field-optional)
immigra* (select a field - optional)
diet* or nutrition* (select a field - optional)

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 17:09