AMER STD 191: American Studies Thesis

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

Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete/Communications Abstracts/Film and Television Literature Index

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

choose databases

check off:  Communications Abstracts;  Film and Television Literature Index

1.  search keywords, use truncation; use alternative terms

beer (select a field - optional)
commercial* or advertis* (select a field - optional)
television (select a field - optional)
masculin* (select a field - optional)

to broaden your search, remove a search term:

commercial* or advertis* (select a field - optional)
television (select a field - optional)
masculin* (select a field - optional)

using a phrase:

reality television (select a field - optional)
american cultur* (select a field - optional)


Sample searches in Proquest Social Science databases:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Ethnic Studies > ProQuest Social Sciences  to search multiple social science databases

1.  Example of a search using multiple terms and truncation,etc

community college*  (all fields + text)
social stratification (all fields + text)

keywords = searches most important parts of the record

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

results too broad?  try searching terms as phrases (in quotes) and  eliminating full text:

"community college* (all fields no full text)
"social stratification" (all fields no full text)

try alternative terms:

"community college*"  (all fields no full text)
"access to education" (all fields no full text)
minorit* (all fields no full text)

narrow even more:  use an official subject term 

 "community college*"  (subject)
"access to education" (subject)
minorit* (subject)

limit to peer reviewed journals

2.  look through your search results for additional useful terms


corporate social responsibility

social responsibility of business


3.  to find more results, especially when the topic is too new for academic journal articles:  broaden your terms

sb 1070 (keywords)

broaden your terms:

arizona (keywords)
immigra*   (keywords)


Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:10