General Article Databases
Now that you know the types of articles you need, you can choose a database, also known as a periodical index, to find them. Databases are collections of thousands of articles organized by subject. The Libraries have hundreds of databases covering every academic discipline. Some are multi-disciplinary, covering a broad range of subjects and including popular and scholarly sources, and others are subject-specific, and include scholarly and specialized articles. A complete list is available at Find Articles.
The following multi-disciplinary databases are good places to start your research:
Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese; full-text is available for over 5300 journals.
Lists journal articles, books, preprints, and technical reports in many subject areas (though more specialized article databases may cover any given field more completely). Some listings include links to related articles and to other sources that cite the item. Includes content from free resources (such as ArXiv.org and university websites) as well as subscription resources (such as electronic journals from selected publishers). Use the UC-eLinks option, when available, to find the UCB access to a publication.
Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.
Alternative Press Index
Includes more than 450 alternative, radical, and left magazines, newsletters, and journals in North America which report and analyze issues of cultural, economic, political, and social change. Approximately 90% of publications included are not indexed elsewhere. Indexes editorials, regular columns, essays, fiction; speeches, interviews, statistics, reprints; bibliographies, biographies, obituaries, memoirs; and reviews. Interfaces available for French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Alternative Press Index Archive provides coverage of materials from 1969 to 1990.
Searching Article Databases
Sample Searches in MLA Bibliography (Literature)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography
1. dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))
dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))
dracula (all fields (no full text))
2. robot* or android* (all fields (no full text))
film* or movie* (all fields (no full text))
language of publication: english
3. search by subject term:
cyborg (subject heading (all))
Sample Searches in PsycInfo (Psychology)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Psychology > PsycInfo
vampire* (all fields (no full text))
teen or adolesc* (all fields (no full text))
serial killer* (all fields (no full text))
celebrit* (all fields (no full text))
Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete (all topics)
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete
pedophil* or "child molest*" (select a field - optional)
priest* (select a field - optional)
(modify original search):
pedophil* or "child molest*" or "child sexual abuse*" (select a field - optional)
priest* or clergy* (select a field - optional)
check off "scholarly (peer reviewed) journals"
UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location
Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use 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:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.