COM LIT 1B: Visions and Revisions

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

Library home > Articles > Article databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography

bluest eye (keywords)

edit search

bluest eye (keywords)
ethnic identity  (keywords)

bluest eye (keywords)
identity (keywords)

blow up   (keywords)
antonioni  (keywords)
gaze or vision* or photograph* (keywords)

uncanny  (descriptor)
film* (keywords)

descriptor:  official subject terms (narrows to things that are really about that term, not just a random use of the word)

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

Library home > Articles > Article databases by Subject > Psychology > under PsycInfo, click on CSA Illumina Social Sciences to search multiple social science databases

african american*  (keywords)
doll* 
(keywords)
clark
(keywords)

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

remember:  JSTOR doesn't include articles from the most recent 3-5 years!

advanced search

bluest eye (full text)

doll*
(full text)

modify search

bluest eye (title)
doll*  (full text)

(note - this might eliminate some useful things, but it is a way to narrow down results)

Other databases to try:

Under General databases:   Academic Search Complete, Project Muse

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