ETH STD 302: Professional Orientation

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 - Article Databases

Sample searches in ProQuest Social Science databases:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Ethnic Studies > ProQuest Social Sciences link to search multiple social science databases

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

educational mobility (all fields + text)
hispanic* or latino* (all fields + text)

narrow down your results:  phrase searching (quotation marks)

"educational mobility" (all fields + text)
hispanic* or latino* (all fields + text)

narrow down your search:  do NOT search full text (pull down "all fields + text" menu to "all fields (no full text))"

"educational mobility" (all fields (no full text))
hispanic* or latino* (all fields(no full text))


incarcerat*  or  prison*  or jail*  (all fields (no full text))
youth* or teen* or adolesc* (all fields (no full text))
ethnic* or "of color"  (all fields (no full text))

use official subject terms:

incarcerat*  or  prison*  or jail*  subject heading)
youth* or teen* or adolesc* (subject heading)
ethnic* or "of color"  (all fields (no full text))

More examples:

southeast asian*      (all fields (no full text))
memor* or trauma*    (all fields (no full text))
war* or genocid*     (all fields (no full text))
refugee* or immigra*     (all fields (no full text))

central america*  (subject heading)
united states  (subject heading)
immigra*  (subject heading)

Log in to My Research to save search results across sessions, and to set up alerts and RSS feeds.

Sample searches in Ethnic NewsWatch:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Ethnic Studies > Ethnic NewsWatch

"day labor*"  (all fields + text )
gender or famil* (all fields + text)

ethnic group:  Hispanic

(note:  ethnic group refers to the selection of the newspaper)

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.

About JSTOR!

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

Everyone Loves JSTOR:

  • interdisciplinary
  • scholarly
  • full text available AND searchable - you may find topics you won't find elsewhere because they're only part of an article on a related topic
  • covers journals from their earliest publication dates


  • DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LAST 3-5 YEARS of a journal!  not good for contemporary topics!
  • doesn't include as many journals in a particular discipline as the discipline-specific database (example: MLA Bibliography for literature)
Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:11