AMER STD 191: American Studies 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

Searching Article Databases

Sample searches in ProQuest Social Science databases:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases A-Z > ProQuest Social Sciences   to search multiple social science databases

1.  Example of a search using multiple terms, truncation,etc


celebrit*  (all fields + text)
(all fields + text) 

check off:   limit to:  peer reviewed

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

narrow down your search by searching all parts of the items except full text:

celebrit*  (all fields (no full text))
(all fields (no full text)) 

2.  use a phrase; using official subject terms

"air jordan*" (all fields + text)

click on subject term:  archetypes

add another search term:  advertis*  (all fields (no full text))

Sample Searches in Film & Television Literature Index/Academic Search Complete

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Film > Film and Television Literature Index

choose databases

also check off Academic Search Complete (general, interdisciplinary database)

television (select a field - optional)
famil* (select a field - optional)

find an official subject term, put in quotes to make it a phrase

"families on television" (subject)

queer* or gay*  (select a field - optional)
television (subject)
race or racial* or ethnic* or color (select a field - optional)

Sample searches in America:  History and Life:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > History > America:  History and Life

fashion*  (select a field )
advertis* (select a field))

historical period from:  1950   to   1960

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: January 23, 2013 10:13