MEDIAST 160: International Media

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

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.

Sample Searches - Article Databases


Choose an interdisciplinary articles database; add other databases as appropriate (NOTE:  this is not a complete list of all possible databases - just the ones available from this company)

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete

choose databases:  includes Communication Abstracts,  Film and Television Literature Index, Music Index, RILM Abstracts of Music, Art Source, etc.

1.  Search keywords; split topic into concepts; allow for variant word endings

iran*  (select a field - optional)
television (select a field - optional)

* = truncation symbol or wildcard;  child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood

2.  Narrow search by using official subject terms (aka descriptors):

iran*  (subject terms)
television (subject terms)

3.  Narrow search by adding another term

iran*  (subject terms)
television (subject terms)
policy (select a field - optional)

Find articles about Business:

Library home > Articles > Article databases by subject > Business > Business Source Complete

"latin america"  (select a field - optional)
radio (select a field - optional)

"latin america"  (subject)
radio (subject)

in the left sidebar, click on the Geography category, then check off latin america

Find Newspapers from all over the World:     Access World News

Library home > Articles > News Article databases > Access World News


(all text)  "hong kong" and "music industry"

too broad?  instead of searching the full text, search heading and lead paragraphs:

 (headline and lead paragraph):  "hong kong" and "music industry"

Library home > Articles > News Article databases > Lexis Nexis Academic

(larger and scarier than Access World News)

to find sources from a particular country/region, go to the top of the screen:  browse

select a country; leave the other pull down at "all topics"

click on the News folder...etc.

Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:10