Finding Other 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
3. You may need databases that cover diffferent types of materials - historical or ethnic newspapers, congressional information, primary sources, etc:
Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources, Types A-Z >
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 isa 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.
Searching - Examples
To search, break your topic into components. Enter one word or phrase (two or more words together) per row of search boxes. Use as few terms as possible.
Narrowing: think about places, people or groups, time periods, aspects or events that might help you narrow your topic
(* = truncation/wildcard symbol: immigra* retrieves immigrant, immigrants, immigration, immigrating...some databases use a different symbol - consult Help screens)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > H > History > America: History and Life
california (select a field - optional)
indian* or native* (select a field - optional)
statut* or legal or law* (select a field - optional)
historical period: year 1840 to 1900
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR
REMEMBER: JSTOR doesn't include articles from the last 3-5 years!!!
2. to narrow your search further, add another search term, or try searching for your terms in the titles of the articles:
immigra* (item title)
irish (item title)
advanced search also allows you to limit to certain years of publication (1980-2010, for example), to specific disciplines (ex: African American studies) etc.