ETH STD 101A: Social Science Methods in Ethnic 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

Sample Searches - Articles

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

chican* or mexican american* or latino*  (keywords) 
student* (keywords)
relationship* (keywords) 

keywords = searches most important parts of the record

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

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

chican* or mexican american* or latino*  (keywords)
student* (keywords)
peers  or friendship* (descriptor)

3.  another example:

native american* or indian* (keywords)
reservation* (keywords)
college* or universit*  (descriptor) 

4.  be creative, eliminate search terms as necessary:

rap  (keywords)
asian american* (keywords)
masculin* or men or male*  (keywords)

not many results, try again:
rap or hip hop (keywords)
asian american*
rap or hip hop (keywords)
asian american* (keywords)
masculin*  (keywords)

Sample searches in Ethnic NewsWatch (ethnic newspapers):

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Ethnic Studies > Ethnic NewsWatch

guatemala*  (citation and document text )
identit* (citation and document text)

narrow results to items with these terms in the abstract or first paragraph(s):

guatemala*  (abstract )
identit* (abstract)

what a more complicated search looks like:

rap or hip hop (abstract)
asian american* 
(citation and document text)
or men or male* (citation and document text)

note:  the pull down menu "Ethnic group" refers to the ethnic group of the newspaper


(note:  ethnic group refers to the selection of the newspaper)

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