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Ethnic studies 194, Fall 2021

Instructor: Giulianetti

Finding 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.  From the Library home page, select "Databases" and then click on "Browse All Databases." On the next screen, use the drop down menu for All Subjects to find your discipline.

UC Library Search box on library homepage

Select the appropriate academic disciplines and then look for "Recommended" databases.

Examples of Article Databases

Sample Searches - Article Databases

ProQuest Social Sciences

1.  college* or universit* (anywhere except full text)
"student parent*" (anywhere except full text)

 

2.  women
immigra*
"medical care" or healthcare
access
covid or pandemic

 

3.  "school to prison pipeline" 
"school resource officer*"

 

4.  "incarceration rate*" near/10 disproportionate (all but full text)
communit* (all but full text)

 

Ethnic Newswatch (ethnic newspapers)

5.  advanced search

homeless* near/10 "formerly incarcerated"

 

(filter byAfrican American newspapers)

Search Results - What's Next?

  • 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

Get it at UC

Once you've searched an index to find articles, you may need to use Get it at UC Get it at UC icon 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:

  • When you see either icon, click on it to view your article access options (ex: full text, call number, Interlibrary Loan request, etc.)

JSTOR

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JSTOR Home

Library home >Databases > Browse Databases > Browse:  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

CAUTIONS:

  • 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)