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ETH STD 302: Professional Orientation Fall 2017: Find Articles

Instructor: Choy

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 > click on Databases, then click on:  Browse Databases. 

Pull down the "All Subjects" menu to browse a list of databases by academic discipline, and/or pull down the "All Database Types" to browse lists by type of database (article databases, statistical databases, image databases, etc.).

Sample Searches - Article Databases

Sample searches in ProQuest Social Science databases:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Ethnic Studies > ProQuest Social Sciences link to search multiple social science databases

1.  Example of a search using , truncation, phrase searching (quotation marks)

queer*  (anywhere)
undocumented (anywhere)

queer* (anywhere except full text)
undocumented (anywhere except full text)

narrow down your results by selecting source type:  scholarly journals 

"south asian american*" (anywhere)
 "community formation" or "political activis*" (anywhere)

2.  "south asian american*" (anywhere except full text)
       community  (anywhere except full text)

use official subject terms

 "south asian american*" (anywhere except full text)
  ethnic identity  (subject)

3.   cham (anywhere)
      american* or united states (anywhere)

and not:  cham (author)

      cham (anywhere except full text)
      american* or united states (anywhere)

and not:  cham (author)

Log in to My Research to save search results across sessions, and to set up alerts and RSS feeds.

Looking for contemporary ethnic newspapers?  You can search Ethnic Newswatch as part of ProQuest Social Sciences or separately!

Searching more than one ProQuest database at the same time:

Library home > Articles > Article databases by subject > Music > International Index to Music Periodicals

click on Searching: 1 database(s)

check off International Index to the Performing Arts

search them both simultaneously!

Religion database:  ATLA

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Religion > ATLA

"chinese american*" (anywhere)
christian* or religion* or theol* or ecclesiolog* (anywhere)

Academic Search Complete (interdisciplinary)

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

"asian american*"  (select a field - optional)
"popular culture" or music or movies or television or "comic book*" (select a field - optional)

America:  History and Life (history of US & Canada)

african american* (select a field - optional)
asian american* (select a field - optional)

historical period:  years:  1960   1970

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.

About JSTOR!

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

Everyone Loves JSTOR:

  • interdisciplinary
  • scholarly
  • full text available AND searchable - you may find topics you won't find elsewhere because they're only part of an article on a related topic
  • covers journals from their earliest publication dates


  • DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LAST 3-5 YEARS of a journal!  not good for contemporary topics!
  • doesn't include as many journals in a particular discipline as the discipline-specific database (example: MLA Bibliography for literature)
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