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
- 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 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:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.
Sample Searches - Article Databases
Sample searches in Proquest Social Science databases:
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Ethnic Studies > ProQuest Social Sciences to search multiple social science databases
1. Example of a search using multiple terms and truncation,etc
"skin bleach*" (anywhere)
indian* or asian* (anywhere)
bleach* or lighten* (anywhere)
asian* or indian* (anywhere)
* = truncation symbol or wildcard; child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood
results too broad? try searching terms as phrases (in quotes) and eliminating full text:
skin (anywhere but full text)
bleach* or lighten* (anywhere but full text)
asian* or indian* (anywhere but full text)
limit to scholarly journals
representation* or stereotyp* or image* (anywhere but full text)
"east indian*" or "asian indian*" (anywhere but full text)
Sample searches in MLA Bibliography (literature, language, film):
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography
film* (anywhere but full text)
"undocumented immigra*" (anywhere but full text)