ASAMST 165: Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities

Article Databases

Finding Film Reviews

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

Sample Searches - Social Science databases


To find individual social science databases, start with the Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > (name of specific discipline, such as Sociology or Psychology)

To search multiple social science databases simultaneously, try ProQuest Social Sciences which searches 22 databases simultaneously.  Click on "22 databases" at the top of the page to add or subtract databases.

1a.    break your topic into concepts; truncate (child* = child, childs, children, childhood...)

put terms in quotes to search them as a phrase

"mixed race"   (anywhere)
 "asian american*"  (anywhere)

1b.     click on Narrow Results by...Scholarly Journals

notice you can narrow by a variety of other factors (language, person's name, company name, etc.)

2.   add alternative terms; use official subject terms

(NOTE: each of the 22 databases uses their own list of official terms, so a term that is a subject term in one is not necessarily a subject term in another!)

"mixed race" or multiracial*  (anywhere)
 "asian american*"  (subject)

"asian american*"   (anywhere)
politician*  (anywhere)

"asian american*" (subject)

"asian american*" (subject)
political representation (subject)

3.   search all fields but not the full text:

"asian american*"   (all fields no full text)
 food  (all fields no full text)
"first generation"  (all fields no full text)

4a.     "jeremy lin"  (all fields + text)

4b.     broaden your search:

asian american* (all fields no full text)
male* or men  (all fields no full text)
stereotyp*   (all fields no full text)

limit to scholarly journals


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.

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

About JSTOR!

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

Everyone Loves JSTOR:

  • interdisciplinary
  • scholarly
  • full text available AND searchable - you may find topics you won't find elsewhere because they're only part of an article on a related topic
  • covers journals from their earliest publication dates


  • DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LAST 3-5 YEARS of a journal!  not good for contemporary topics!
  • doesn't include as many journals in a particular discipline as the discipline-specific database (example: MLA Bibliography for literature)

Visual Anthropology/Sociology journals

Try Anthropology databases (in addition to other Social Science databases) for research on this topic.  Note also a couple of specific journal titles:

Visual Anthropology  (published in cooperation with the Commission on Visual Anthropology)

Visual Anthropology Review

Visual Studies (journal formerly known as Visual Sociology)

Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:45