Remember, you cannot just type your research question into a database search box and hope to retrieve articles that will answer it. You can use those keywords and phrases that you identified when you developed your research topic. Type them into the database search boxes to find articles you can use.
Use the Boolean operators AND, OR, & NOT with your keywords or phrases to create a search
Combine synonyms with OR to expand your search: International students or College students.
Combine concepts with AND to narrow your search: College students and roommates.
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Some of its content is now freely available on the Internet. Click on the link below and be sure to check the box Include only content I can access to search for the full-text articles that are available for free.
If you find the perfect article in EBSCO, but there is no full-text, don't give up. The full-text may be available in another library database or in print in the library.
If the perfect article is in ProQuest but there is no full-text the instructions are similar except:
Whether you need scholarly articles or articles from newspapers or popular magazines, the Lightner Library databases are the best place to start. You can access them from the library, your dorm room, home, or anywhere you have an Internet connection.
EBSCOhost is a collection of databases that contain thousands of full text articles. It is an excellent place to begin your research. Some of the databases that you may find helpful are:
To obtain full-text articles, remember to check the Full Text Box when you do a search. This will give you results in html full text or pdf full text. If you are looking for research articles from scholarly journals, remember to check the box for Scholarly (peer reviewed) journals.
What are your options once you've found the perfect article? Take a look at the icons across the top of the results page: you can print out the article, e-mail it to yourself or save it to your computer hard drive or a flash drive.
ProQuest is another excellent multidisciplinary database. It also has a strong business component with access to the full text of many national and international newspapers, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Remember to obtain full-text articles, check the Full Text Box when you do a search and if you are looking for research articles from scholarly journals, remember to check the box for Scholarly (peer reviewed) journals.
Just as with EBSCOHost, you have the option of printing out the article, e-mailing it to yourself or saving it to your computer hard drive or flash drive.
FIND A JOURNAL TITLE
Use Find a Journal Title to find out if a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper is available online, in print, or on microfilm in Lightner Library. Always search by the journal, magazine, or newspaper name and NOT by the article title.
If the article you want is online, you can click on the link for the database that has the date of the issue you want.
If the article you want is available in print or on microfilm, you can find the article in the library to read it. Journals, magazines, and newspapers are located throughout the library:
If you are unable to locate the print journal that you need, please see a reference librarian or ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.