Find a seminal article
Find an influential article, one that has been cited frequently. Use the multidisciplinary database Web of Science.
- Enter your search terms.
- Analyze by Research Area [see left side navigation column]
- Choose one or more research areas
- Rank the new results by Times Cited, most to least.
Web of Science
Indexes over 8,000 of the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, providing searching of footnoted citations.
You have the article information. How do you get the article?
Often you need to find a specific article for which you already have the citation. How do you do it?
- Google Scholar If you have the proxy server set up, you may be able to link to a pdf or html file of the article
- Citation Linker This function of UC-eLinks allows you to search for a specific article without knowing which database it may be listed in. You may have to study your citation to determine if it's an article, a chapter in a book, or something else, in order to use Citation Linker.
Where's the PDF?
Many article databases contain information about articles (citations or abstracts), not the entire text of the article. Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button: in order to locate and read the full text of the article. The UC-eLinks button appears in nearly all the databases available from the UCB Library website.
UC-eLinks will link you to the online full text of an article if UCB has paid for online access; otherwise, UC-eLinks will help you locate a print copy on the shelf in the library. If UCB doesn't own the article in print or online format, UC-eLinks can also help you order a copy from another library.
For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 4 min.)
You can also set up UC-eLinks to work with Google Scholar. For more information, watch this 40-second demo.
To use library databases from off campus you have to set up the proxy server: this changes your browser settings.
International topics databases
These three databases are policy and political science oriented.
Economics and business databases
International news- full text.
Access World News
Strong regional coverage, including Contra Costa Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.
Alternative, radical, and independent magazines, newspapers, and journals in North America.
Ethnic News Watch
Over 200 ethnic, minority, and native press publications.
IT and New Media databases
For more possibilities, look at the Media Studies databases.
Abstracts only. Scholarly articles and professional literature in communications, advertising, etc.
Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
Scholarly articles in the social sciences.
Academic Search Complete
Interdisciplinary, mostly scholarly, full-text.
Scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.