COLWRIT 4B: Dying for Beauty

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 Sciences database (scholarly social science database)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Sociology > Sociological Abstracts:  CSA Illumina Social Sciences

1.  a search using keywords, phrase searching, truncation, alternate terms:

     african american*       or      black*      (keywords)
     hair                                                   (keywords)
     straighten*                or      relax*       (keywords)

keywords = searches most important parts of each item:  title, abstract, descriptors (official subject terms)

phrase = 2 or more words that should be found together (ex:  global warming)

truncation/wildcards:  allows for variant word endings (child* = child, childs, childish, childhood, children...)

to find more:  take out terms:

     african american*        or        black*       (keywords)
     hair                                                      (keywords)

blog* or internet* (keywords)
beauty     (keywords)

Watch a 3 minute movie:  accessing CSA Illumina Social Sciences, searching, revising a search, using descriptors, saving items to a list, e-mailing the list!

Sample searches in Academic Search Complete: (interdisciplinary database)

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

     eye*     (select a field - optional)
     surger*                (select a field - optional)
     asian* or chinese or japanese                    (select a field - optional)

broaden your search as necessary:

     cosmetic surger*                (select a field - optional)
     asian* or chinese or japanese                    (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