ISF 190: Thesis Seminar

News sources

  • LexisNexis Academic
    International news- full text.
  • Access World News
    Strong regional coverage, including Contra Costa Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.
  • Alt-Press Watch
    Alternative, radical, and independent magazines, newspapers, and journals in North America.
  • Ethnic News Watch
    Over 200 ethnic, minority, and native press publications.

IT and New Media databases

For more possibilities, look at the Media Studies databases.

You have the article information. How do you get the article?

Often you need to find a specific article for which you already have the citation.  How do you do it?

  • Google Scholar If you have the proxy server set up, you may be able to link to a pdf or html file of the article
  • Citation Linker This function of UC-eLinks allows you to search for a specific article without knowing which database it may be listed in.  You may have to study your citation to determine if it's an article, a chapter in a book, or something else, in order to use Citation Linker.

Find a seminal article

Find an influential article, one that has been cited frequently.  Use the multidisciplinary database Web of Science.

  1. Enter your search terms.
  2. Analyze by Research Area [see left side navigation column]
  3. Choose one or more research areas
  4. Rank the new results by Times Cited, most to least.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes over 8,000 of the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, providing searching of footnoted citations.

International topics databases

These three databases are policy and political science oriented.

Economics and business databases

  • EconLit
    Scholarly articles on economics, finance and business topics.
  • Business Source Complete
    Scholarly and general articles on business topics.
  • Factiva
    Wall St. Journal and other business news. International coverage.

Where's the PDF?

Many article databases contain information about articles (citations or abstracts), not the entire text of the article.  Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button:uc-eLinks button in order to locate and read the full text of the article. The UC-eLinks button appears in nearly all the databases available from the UCB Library website.

UC-eLinks will link you to the online full text of an article if UCB has paid for online access; otherwise, UC-eLinks will help you locate a print copy on the shelf in the library. If UCB doesn't own the article in print or online format, UC-eLinks can also help you order a copy from another library.

For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 4 min.)

You can also set up UC-eLinks to work with Google Scholar.  For more information, watch this 40-second demo.

Proxy server

To use library databases from off campus you have to set up the proxy server: this changes your browser settings.

  • Different browsers [Firefox, Chrome, Safari...] have different instructions- they are all here.
  • You can set it up on multiple devices
  • You log in with your CalNet ID
  • There's an alternative: the VPN
Last Update: February 04, 2014 12:14