UC eLinks and Citation Linker
Sometimes the database you search doesn't link to the fulltext -- it only gives the citation. Click the button to see if Berkeley has it online, and if not, it will check for a print version. And if we don't have it at all, it lets you request it through Interlibrary Loan.
What if there isn't a button??? Sometimes you find an article in a bibliography, a book or a footnote -- and you want to see if we have it. The Citation Linker searches through our online databases to see if it's available fulltext. If not, it sets up a search for the paper journal in Melvyl. And if we don't have it at Berkeley, it lets you request it through Interlibrary Loan.
Lexis Nexis Tips
- Use truncation (wildcard) to search different forms of the word (child* retrieves child, child's, children)
- Use 'proximity connectors' -- w/[number], for example (youth or adolescent or teen*) w/25 homeless*. (You can also use w/s for within sentence, or w/p for within paragraph but you can't also combine these with the number of words.)
- Change the display to Expanded List -- shows you your search terms, plus a few words on either side.
- Change display to Relevance if it is on Chronological (if date is really important to you, restrict to the date range you want in the search box).
Some of the political science databases most relevant to this course are listed below -- or you can see the complete list.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
If you're only searching one -- start here!
Strong international coverage, focus on government information and public policy.
Academic Search Complete
Interdisciplinary -- lots of articles are available here fulltext.
News and law reviews are two strengths of this database, and both could be helpful for this assignment.
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Not just articles, also policy briefs and working papers from research institutes worldwide related to international affairs.
America: History and Life
Not just history, also includes political science and ethnic studies.