ENGLISH 1B: Bonds of Taste

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 Database for Literary Criticism

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Film > Film and Television Index, Art Index, and others

1.  surealis* (select a field optional)

film* (select a field optional)

want to search Art History and Humanities journals?  you can do several at once:

choose databases

select:  Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective, Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective, and Humanities International Complete.

try your search again

narrow your search by adding another term:

surealis* (select a field optional)

film* (select a field optional)

freud* (select a field optional)

2.  searching by phrase:

"meshes of the afternoon"

if you're not finding enough about a particular title, search by filmmaker/author

deren, maya

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

Search strategies for MLA Bibliography:

1.  Search by title of the literary work/film (duh); in quotes if needed

"l'age d'or"

2.  If you need to retrieve more items  search by author's name, last name first.

bunuel, luis

if the name is very common and you're retrieving too much, find an article that's about the right person and click on "subject as author" bunuel, luis

3. search by keywords; narrow by using official subject headings



too broad?  try official subject headings:

surrealis* (subject)

theory (subject)

narrow results to:

peer reviewed

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