COLWRIT 9: ESL - Khanna

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 Academic Search Complete

A general article database that covers all disciplines is useful for interdisciplinary topics.  Example:

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

Sample Searches:

1.  organ don*  (select a field optional)

compensat* (select a field optional)

* = truncation symbol or wildcard (child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...)

2.  Look for additional terms that might be useful; if necessary, add a term to narrow down your search results:

organ don*  (select a field optional)

compensat* (select a field optional)

ethic* (select a field optional)

2.  Another example:  using alternative terms, narrowing down your search

sex or violence (select a field optional)

television or movie* (select a field optional)

need to narrow the search:  add a term

sex or violence (select a field optional)

television or movie* (select a field optional)

restrict* (select a field optional)

still too many results; let's narrow our topic:

violence (select a field optional)

television (select a field optional)

restrict* (select a field optional)

look at items that seem useful; look at their subject terms/descriptors

click on violence on television

again, add another useful term

violence on television (de)

rating system


violence on television (de)



violence on television (de)


Most article databases allow you to save items to a list/folder/etc. and e-mail, print or download the citation.  A few databases will allow you to output citations in a particular citation style (ex:  MLA or Chicago).

Where is the actual article?

The full text of some articles is available online via the Library's article databases. For other articles you'll need to find the physical library location and call number of the journal.

The easiest way to do this is to use the UC e-links feature which is available in many (not all) databases.

When you find an item you're interested in, click on the UC e-links icon, which will lead to links to full text if available, or else a link to the Next Generation MELVYL catalog.  Click on the Next Generation MELVYL link to search for the library location of the journal.

Watch the UC e-links movie!  (4 minutes).  For assistance in reading a Next Generation MELVYL record for a journal title, go here  or ask for assistance.

Last Update: February 02, 2012 16:56 | Tagged with: current topics academic search complete access world news