AMER STD H110: Imagining America

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

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 - 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)

skin (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)

Last Update: March 05, 2014 17:27