Where should you search for scholarly journal articles? It all depends on your topic and the search terms you use. Some subject-specific article databases (ie. Anthropology Plus; Zoological Record) may be helpful in narrowing your search to articles in a certain discipline or field, if results from a more general search engine or database are too broad. Other times, interdisciplinary topics require a search in a broader database (ie. Academic Search Complete; Google Scholar). Often, you'll use a combination of both.
In this activity, you'll use one example search combination of words that you developed in Activity 3 (in the From Research tab) in three different article databases to compare the search results. The three databases are: Anthropology Plus, Zoological Record, and Google Scholar. Do the same search in all three, look at the first page of search results.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Books can also be sources of scholarly research. Try your search in the Library Catalog, and compare your results using the questions above.
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After you've found an article citation in a database, how do you go about getting your hands on the actual article? Some databases have full text articles in them already. In this case, you should see a link to either an HTML or PDF document. If the full text isn't available in a specific database, you should see a button that looks like this:
Clicking this button will open a new browser tab or window and will search the Illinois library subscriptions and online catalog. This new page will tell you if we have electronic access to the specific article you need.
If it indicates that we have online full text, click the link to get to the article.
If the Discover page doesn't show access to online full text, click the link for "Holdings in VuFind" to search the library catalog for print holdings of that journal.