COLWRIT 4B: Monsters and Modernity

Article Databases - Finding

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

3.  OR, to find newspaper databases:

Library home > Articles >  News Article Databases

Searching Article Databases

Sample Searches in MLA Bibliography (Literature)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography

1.   dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))

modify search

dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))
dracula  (all fields (no full text))

2.   robot* or android*  (all fields (no full text))
      film* or movie*  (all fields (no full text))

language of publication:  english

3.     search by subject term:

cyborg  (subject heading  (all))

Sample Searches in PsycInfo (Psychology)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Psychology > PsycInfo

vampire* (all fields (no full text))
teen or adolesc*  (all fields (no full text))

serial killer* (all fields (no full text))
celebrit*  (all fields (no full text))

Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete (all topics)

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

pedophil* or "child molest*"    (select a field - optional)
priest*       (select a field - optional)

(modify original search):

pedophil* or "child molest*" or "child sexual abuse*"   (select a field - optional)
priest* or clergy*           (select a field - optional)

check off "scholarly (peer reviewed) journals"


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