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LBST2010 Liberal Studies Colloquium: Locating Articles

This guide will help you with your research projects for your Liberal Studies colloquium.

Search Tip: Keywords

It is usually a good idea to start out broadly, so using just one or two of your topic terms is a good way to begin. Once you have a set of results, you can begin narrowing down your results by entering one or more terms. Searching in a specific field such as "Subject" or "Title" will narrow or focus your results. 

Search Tip: Truncation

Truncation Finds Multiple Word Forms

The asterisk (*) is usually used to search words with the same root:

 Person* =  Personal, Personality, Personable,  etc.

Wildcard symbols (usually a ‘?’) replace a single letter:

Wom?n = Woman, Women

Locating Articles

Using Library Databases to Find Articles: To locate articles using Library databases, you can click on the Articles & Databases tab from the Library homepage. Listed below are some of the most relevant databases for your research . All are accessible from off campus. 

Academic Search Complete  A general database that covers a broad spectrum of disciplines that includes more than 8500 periodicals (newspapers, magazines and journals) in all subject areas. 
 
JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collection Archive of over 1,900 major journals in the humanities, social sciences, business, education, area studies, mathematics and statistics, and much more.
 
ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database indexing over 14,000 publications, the majority of them available in full text. 
 
Proquest Education Journals Indexes over 800 education related periodical titles. Full text access is available for 650 titles. 
 
PsycInfo contains more than 2 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s.
 
SocIndex This research database provides access to the broad spectrum of sociological study featuring more than 2.1 million records.  

Locating Statistical Information

Statista The Statista database is a portal to statistical information, pulling together data on over 80.000 topics from over 18.000 sources onto a single platform.

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Search Tip: Thesaurus or Subject

Sometimes keywords that worked well in one database won’t be as effective in another.  If you find that your results are a bit scattered, try using that database’s terminology:  the Thesaurus or Subject Terms link.  Many databases have a list of designated words that are used to summarize a topic, but they may not be obvious to you.

Search Tip: Use the References

Once you locate a few good articles on your topic, be sure to review the references to other articles that are cited. This is a great way to locate related research articles on your topic. Many databases also provide a link to these articles if they are available electronically. If you don't find a link, be sure to check the Library's Journals A-Z List to see if it's available, If not, you can always use our awesome Interlibrary Loan Service

Creating Personal Folders

All databases provide you with an option to create a personal folder to save articles, citations and searches in one place. You will be required to create an account within the database to use this feature.