Journal: Articles. This quick guide PowerPoint will explain how to find Journal Articles using the Library’s Databases. There is another quick guide which explains how to use the Encore service to find articles. First, what is a Database?
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This quick guide PowerPoint will explain how to find Journal Articles using the Library’s Databases. There is another quick guide which explains how to use the Encore service to find articles.
First, what is a Database?
Databases contain collections of articles from journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers. They do not allow the general public, or any outside entity, to add an item into the database (unlike the Internet). Many Databases provide scholarly/peer-reviewed articles recommended for academic research.
After you get to the Library’s main webpage,
click on the link, in the menu on the left side,
called Find Journal Articles. This will
take you to the Database list.
These Databases can be divided into two types: General and Subject Specific.
A general Database will provide articles on a variety of topics/subjects. A subject specific Database will provide in-depth coverage of one particular area/subject/topic.
A person searching for articles must first decide which Database(s) to use. To help in this decision, a brief description of each Database is provided.
Academic Search Premier
Expanded Academic ASAP
Oxford Reference Online
To select a Database, simply click on the title of the Database in the list. As an example, I will use Academic Search Premier.
Basic Search box
Advanced Search box
Full Text limiter
Scholarly/Peer Reviewed limiter
The Database opens to the Basic Search option by default.
You can type in one term, multiple-word terms, or even titles to articles.
For anything over one word long, it is recommended that you place “” around the whole phrase: example, I want to search for Diseases of the brain. I type in “diseases of the brain”.
I could also link words together using the word AND (typed in all caps). Example: diseases AND brain. You do not need the “” when using AND.
Lets look at a search using Diseases AND brain…
If you choose to read the whole article, you select the PDF Full Text button (or HTML Full Text if option).
The Full Text limiter is already selected by default. You can also place a check-mark in the box for Scholarly Journals.
Most professors require that you use Peer-reviewed articles and journals. This limiter will guarantee that all the articles you find will be peer-reviewed.
The Full Text
still there, but
Let’s say I need an article in this Database. Here is the citation I was provided:
Billiet, C. R., & Bellis, T. (2011). The Relationship Between Brainstem Temporal Processing and Performance on Tests of Central Auditory Function in Children With Reading Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, 54(1), 228-242. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0239)
I place those into the three Advanced Search boxes and select the appropriate field for each term: title, title and author.
When using the Advanced Search option, it is best to think of at least three key terms for the research you are conducting and to use all three terms in your search.
One other recommended way to limit the number of hits you get is to select a date range. Perhaps you want nothing older than 10 years old. This can be done using the sliding date bar and clicking on Update.
To use the Encore service to find articles, see the quick guide: Encore: Articles.
Vendor : EBSCOHostProQuestGale
Databases: Academic Search Premier ABI/Inform Complete Business & Company Resource Center
ATLA Religion Ethnic NewsWatch Contemporary Authors
Business Source Premier ProQuest Computing Expanded Academic ASAP
ERIC ProQuest Criminal Justice General Business File ASAP
Health Source Nursing ProQuest Education LegalTrac
History Reference Center ProQuest Newsstand Literature Resource Center
Newspaper Source ProQuest Religion Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Professional Development Collection
Regional Business News