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History 103F - The Chinese Earth, Resources and Ecology - Spring 2018: Find Articles

Instructor: Nylan

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.).

Examples of Useful Article Databases

Search Examples - Article Databases

Bibliography of Asian Studies (NOTE:  already included in "Start Your Search" but sometimes easier to search by itself)

Library home > click on Databases > click on Browse all databases > pull down the All Subjects menu >  East Asian Studies > Bibliography of Asian Studies


1.  xunzi
     han fei*


2.  women
     "warring states"


JSTOR (all subjects; included in  "Start Your Search" but sometimes worth searching separately)

REMEMBER:  JSTOR doesn't include articles from the last 3-5 years!!!

Library home > click on Databases > click on Browse all databases > pull down the All Subjects menu > History; pull down "All database types" to Articles > JSTOR


Advanced Search

1.  confucius (full text)

law or legal (full text)

add a field

china (full text)

results are rather broad and the terms can be pages away from one another.  Would you like to be able to specify that the terms appear within a few words of one another?

confucius (full text)

(near 25)  law  (full text)

(near 25) china  (full text)

note:  you can't use more than one term per row when you use "near 25" so you can't do "near25" law or legal...sorry!

another search example:

song dynasty


Finding Book Reviews


advanced search

"book review"

"michael nylan"

Please note that you will have to distinguish between book reviews BY Professor Nylan and book reviews of books written by Professor Nylan

Book Review Digest Plus

Library home > Articles > Book and Film Review Databases > Book Review Digest Plus

nylan, michael   (subject)

if you search Prof. Nylan as an author you'll find book reviews written by her.  If you search her as a subject you'll find book reviews about her books

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

Where's the PDF?

Once you've searched an index to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks 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:

screenshot of article in UC-elinks

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

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