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Online Privacy: Finding Articles

Coleman Lab - Wiki-Ed Foundation Student Working Group on Privacy Literacy

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 Article Databases

Sample Searches - "Proquest Social Sciences"

ProQuest Social Sciences - multiple social science databases

Library home > Databases:  Browse All Databases > pull down Subject:  Ethnic Studies > ProQuest Social Sciences

1.  keywords search;truncation; quotes (phrases); alternative terms

"online privacy" or "digital privacy" (anywhere)
"user behavior" (anywhere)

* = wildcard/truncation (child* = child, childs children, childhood, childish...)

quotes = phrase searching (those words together in that order)

2.  another keyword search; using official subject terms or descriptors - to narrow search results down to items that are really about that subject; also, use alternative terms

"online privacy" or "digital privacy" (anywhere)
health or medical  (subject)

3,  eliminate full text searching (esp with common terms like these)

"online privacy" or "digital privacy" (anywhere but full text)
commerce or shopping or consumer* (anywhere but full text)

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)