COLWRIT 008: English As a Second Language

Finding information in Databases

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

  3. You may need databases that cover diffferent types of materials - historical or ethnic newspapers, congressional information, primary sources, etc:

    Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources, Types A-Z >

Article databases

Here are some general article databases that cover many different topics and subjects.

  • Academic Search Complete
    A multi-disciplinary database that includes both scholarly and popular articles. Most articles have pdfs.
  • JSTOR
    Easy to use, full text, multi-disciplinary scholarly article database. Note: the most recent 3-5 years of the journals are usually not available through JSTOR.
  • Alt-Press Watch
    Alternative, radical, and independent magazines, newspapers, and journals in North America which report on politics and government, policy and culture, international issues, education, environment as well as reviews of theater, movies and books.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Includes over 6,000 individual titles of international, national and local newspapers and wire services; radio and television transcripts; and business, medical, industry, and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters. Wide geographic coverage and translations from foreign-language sources, as well as news services like the Associated Press, Agence France Press, El Pais and Xinhua (New China) News Agency.

Where's the PDF?

Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button:uc-eLinks button in order to locate and read the full text of the article. 

UC-eLinks will link you to the online full text of an article if UCB has paid for online access; otherwise, UC-eLinks will help you locate a print copy on the shelf in the library. If UCB doesn't own the article in print or online format, UC-eLinks can also help you order a copy from another library.

For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 4 min.)

You can also set up UC-eLinks to work with Google Scholar.  For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 2 min.)

Proxy server

To use library databases from off campus you have to set up the proxy server: this changes your browser settings.

  • Different browsers [Firefox, Chrome, Safari...] have different instructions- they are all here.
  • You can set it up on multiple devices
  • You log in with your CalNet ID
  • There's an alternative: the VPN
Last Update: December 05, 2012 10:14