THEATER 1B: Africa in the Global Imaginary

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

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

1.  Search by keywords

self immolation (select a field - optional)
protest* (select a field - optional)

* = truncation or wildcard, for variant word endings (ex:  child* = child, childs, children, childhood...)

check off "Scholarly (peer reviewed) journals"

2.  using alternative terms

disney (select a field - optional)
representation* or stereotyp* (select a field - optional)
rac* or ethnic*  (select a field - optional)

3.  search two databases at once:  choose databases

select Africa-wide Information

redo your search; or:

social media (select a field - optional)
egypt* (select a field - optional)
protest* or uprising*
(select a field - optional)

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 - News Databases

Library home > Articles > News Article Databases > Access World News

(all text) oprah winfrey
(all text)  school*

(lead/first paragraph) oprah winfrey
(lead/first paragraph)  school*

(lead/first paragraph) oprah winfrey
(lead/first paragraph)  leadership academy

Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:45