If you know which journal you would like to consult, look up the title of the journal in the catalogue. If you do not have a particular journal in mind, you can consult a database.
If you know which database you would like to search, you can select it by title on the library web site.
If you do not know which database to use, select a database from a subject cluster.
If you are looking for articles by a particular author, select AUTHOR from the drop-down list. If you are searching for a particular article, enter the title and select TITLE from the drop-down list.
For keyword or key phrase searching, most database search engines encourage you to put your related terms (OR searching) in the same row, and your unrelated concepts (AND searching) in separate rows.
Tip: To narrow the search, ask the search engine to search the abstract only, if the database supports this capability. This increases the chance that articles returned are relevant to your topic.
Tip: Most databases provide a way to restrict the results of a search to peer-reviewed or academic articles. It can be implemented differently from database to database: check the help pages for more information.
Other Databases of Interest
- Academic OneFile
- America: History and Life
- Canadian Research Index
- Criminal Justice Abstracts
- Film & Television Literature Index
- First Nations Periodical Index
- Gender Studies Database
- Social Sciences Full Text
- Sociological Abstracts
- Web of Science (contains Social Sciences Citation Index)