COLWRIT 4B: Monsters and Modernity

General Article Databases

Databases are collections of thousands of articles (and often book chapters, book reviews, conference proceedings, dissertations, and other items) 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.
  • Google Scholar
    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 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.
  • Project MUSE
    Several hundred scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Topics include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others.

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))

modify search

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"


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