AMER STD 191: American Studies Thesis

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.

Searching Article Databases

Sample searches in ProQuest Social Science databases:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases A-Z > ProQuest Social Sciences   to search multiple social science databases

1.  Example of a search using multiple terms, truncation, phrase searching

"golden gate bridge" (all fields + text)
suicid*
(all fields + text) 

check off:   limit to:  peer reviewed

* = truncation symbol or wildcard;  child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood

2. using alternative terms;  narrow down your search by searching all parts of the items except full text; narrowing down further by using official subject term

representation* or advertis*  (all fields + text)
feminin* or women  (all fields + text)
disab* or handicap*  (all fields + text)

results too broad; let's search everything BUT full text:

 representation* or advertis*  (all fields (no full text))
feminin* or women  (all fields (no full text))
disab* or handicap*  (all fields (no full text))

representation* or advertis*  (all fields (no full text))
feminin* or women  (all fields (no full text))
disab* or handicap*  (subject heading)

Sample Searches in Film & Television Literature Index/Academic Search Complete


Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Film > Film and Television Literature Index

choose databases

also check off Academic Search Complete (general, interdisciplinary database)

representation* or magazine* (select a field - optional)
female* or women  (select a field - optional)
rugby (select a field - optional)

if necessary, broaden your search terms:

representation* or magazine* (select a field - optional)
female* or women  (select a field - optional)
athlet* (select a field - optional)

 

Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:11