ENGLISH 1B: Reading and Composition

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

Sample Searches - Literary Criticism

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography

Search strategies for MLA Bibliography:

1.  Search by title of the literary work (duh).  If you need to retrieve more items  search by author's name, last name first.

in the lake of the woods

if you need to keep all the words together, use quotes:

"in the lake of the woods"

search by author and limit to peer reviewed journals

o'brien, tim

narrow results by:

peer reviewed

2.  add another search term in a separate row:

     o'brien, tim    
     courage*  

antigone
sophocles
feminis*

* = truncation or wildcard, for variant word endings (ex:  child* = child, childs, children, childhood...)

3.  use alternative terms if appropriate:

     o'brien, tim 
     masculin*    or     sex*   

Sample Searches: History, Psychology

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete

1.  my lai  (select a field - optional)
     veteran*  (select a field - optional)

2.  vietnam war (select a field - optional)
veteran*
  (select a field - optional)
divorce* or marriage* 
(select a field - optional)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > History > America:  History and Life

1.  my lai  (select a field - optional)

advanced search

language:  english

2.  vietnam war (select a field - optional)
veteran*
  (select a field - optional)
divorce* or marriage* 
(select a field - optional)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Psychology > Psyc Info

"vietnam war"
veteran* 

"post traumatic stress disorder"

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.

Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:45