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

Sample Searches - Article Databases

Sample searches in Proquest Social Science databases:

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

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

health dispar* minorit*  (anywhere)

keywords = searches most important parts of the record

narrow your results by limilting your search to anywhere EXCEPT full text:

health dispar* minorit* (anywhere except full text)

look for official subject terms:

"health disparities" (subject)
rac* or ethnic* or minorit* (anywhere)

limit to scholarly 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)

Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete + other databases as appropriate

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

1.  add other EbscoHost databases as appropriate:

choose databases

check off:  America:  History and Life

2.  use multiple search terms

jackie robinson  (select a field - optional)
civil rights  (select a field - optional)

3.  limit by date (of events, NOT of publication):

advanced search

"welfare reform"

historical period:  1993 - 2001

4.  Media Studies topics:  click on choose databases; deselect America:  History and Life; instead, select Communication Abstracts and Flim and Television Literature Index: (and LGBT Life and Women's Studies International, if appropriate)

glee*  (select a field - optional)
queer* or masculin* (select a field - optional)

limit to peer reviewed journals

5.  search keywords, use truncation; use alternative terms

food truck* or street food* (select a field - optional)

check off:  scholarly (peer reviewed) journals

6.  "grand theft auto" or "video game*"

stereotyp* or representation* or portray* or depict*


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.

Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:45