Finding Articles in a C-N Database Stephens-burnett memorial library CARSON-NEWMAN COLLEGE Databases (Remember the discussion about databases in the Unit 3 video? If not, go back for a quick review – you will need the information for this unit.)
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(Remember the discussion about databases in the Unit 3 video? If not, go back for a quick review – you will need the information for this unit.)
You were told a bit about databases as you learned how to develop a search statement and use that search to find information in the C-N Library’s online databases.
In this unit you will learn how to conduct more in-depth and advanced searches in our databases to find periodical articles.
As you go through this unit and begin your research, keep in mind that choosing an appropriate database for your research can be just as important as having a good search statement. If you have questions about which databases are good for your topic, just ask a librarian!
Unit 3 taught you that a database is essentially an electronic filing cabinet that stores periodical articles. But what are periodicals, anyway?
Periodicals are materials like magazines, newspapers, and journals that are published periodically(once a week, once a month, once a quarter, etc.).
For your research, you will rely on many articles from these periodicals. You will search for those articles in our databases.
Let’s take a look at the different types of periodicals…
A scholarly journal is a collection of journal articles that are written by authorities in a professional or academic field to report their research or scholarly opinion of a topic.
Often called peer reviewed because experts in the subject area review and evaluate the article before accepting it for publication.
-For doing most college research
- For finding out what has been researched and studied on your topic
A magazine is a periodical written for the general public to inform and entertain. This is what you buy in the grocery store, etc. Often referred to as popular magazines.
The most efficient way to find journal articles is to search the databases provided by the library. Remember, selecting the correct database can make a difference in finding the articles on your topic. Start by going to our Library homepage and following these instructions…
If you already know the name of the database you want to search, click “Databases A-Z” for an alphabetical listing of all our databases.
If you would like to find out which databases cover your subject area, click “Databases by Subject” and find the topic area of interest. All databases covering your topic will be listed for you.
Use Databases A-to-Z when you know the title of the database that is appropriate for your topic.
For example, if your professor instructs you to get a full-text article from JSTOR:
1. Go to Databases A-to-Z, click on “J” in the alphabetical list across of the page.
2. Click on JSTOR in the “J”list.
In Databases by Subject,databases have been arranged by subject content and then put in a subject list.
For example, if your English professor instructs you to get a full-text biographical article on an author:
You will find a list of databases that you use for English literary research. The databases listed below would be good places to start your research.
Biography Resource Center
Literature Resource Center
Check out the Database by Subject page for that topic.
1. Write out your research question.
What are some effects of drug use by college students?
2.Select the keywords from your topic statement.
Keywords: drug use, college students
3. Write out a search statement, using Boolean connectors.
Search statement: drug use AND college students
General OneFile is one of the most comprehensive databases that the C-N Library has. It has a wide variety of subjects and includes a large amount of full-text articles. It holds a mix of scholarly journals, popular magazines, trade journals, and newspapers.
Enter your search statement, using Boolean operators if necessary.
Keyword Search is always the default selection.
You have several options for limiting your search results. Only choose full-text as a last resort, as it can cause you to miss excellent articles.
Your search statement is listed here.
Notice the different tabs: Magazines, Academic Journals, News, etc. – these will be important in choosing appropriate sources. Also notice that each tab shows the number of resources found for that type.
Your results are here. Notice the first one is full-text.
Enter your search statement…
This time, check the box beside “peer-reviewed publications.” This means you will ONLY search for sources that are peer-reviewed.
Take a look at how the numbers on these tabs have changed. Academic Journals will provide the most sources when conducting a peer-reviewed search.
Related terms you can click on to begin new searches
Options for printing, saving, and emailing the article
Info you will need to cite this article
The actual text of the article is found below the Abstract.
Click the “Browse Subjects” link on the General OneFile homepage…
Choose only the main concept you are searching for… you cannot use Boolean operators in a Subject search.
Notice that the entry for Drug Use says “See Drug Abuse” – this means “drug use” is not used as a subject term, and you should click on the related term instead.
Click “Related Subjects” if you would like to see other topics that may be of interest
Click the box beside your term to see a list of topic subdivisions
These numbers let you know how many sources are found for each sub-topic.
Your topic, Drug Abuse, has been broken down into sub-topics for easier browsing.
Again, you can view smaller groups of sources.
Browse these related subjects (called narrower terms) to see if you find anything more relevant than your original topic.
Problem: You found a great article in a database, but you cannot find a full-text option. How do you find the full-text of the article?Answer: There are several ways. First, let’s look at the “Check LinkSource” option…
If you see only “Abstract” or “Citation” here…
…then click “Check LinkSource for More Information”
Use these links to search the Library Catalog for a print copy of the journal…
…or to access an electronic copy of the article in another database (if available – you may not always see other options below “Check Library Holdings”)
Go to the Library’s homepage and click on the E-Journals List link…
Your search results will tell you if the journal is available in any of our databases. This one is available through the JSTOR database.
Just click to enter the database and follow the links to your article.
Change the search type to “Title” (because we know the title of the journal)
Enter the name of the journal you are searching for and then click “go”…
Your results show that we have this journal in print.
A print journal article:
Volume and issue number of the journal/magazine
Date of publication
Page numbers of the article & page numbers used
Full-text article in a database:
Journal information as above
Database Name (JSTOR in this example)
Address of the site
Date of access
Journal information as above
Complete URL (web address) of site of journal article
Date that you accessed the site
1.Check your assignment or ask your professor what citation style you need to use.
2. Helpful resources for citing:
How do I? Cite Materials…
- Writing at C-N, 5th ed. ( Under Citation Styles and Samples, Documentation Overview)
- “Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism: Documentation Guidelines” (Duke University)
Select the documentation style you need from either of these sites.
After completing this unit, you should have learned:
You have only one more unit to complete, and then you will take a Post-Test (cumulative quiz).
Unit 6: Using and Evaluating Web Pages
Unit 7: Post-Test
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