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ACMB01: Find Resources for your Final Essay

A library guide to assist you in finding the resources you need to complete your ACMB01 assignments

Scholarly Articles - FAQ

Why use scholarly articles?  

  • Scholarly journals are where academics present their research and debate on discipline-specific issues occur
  • Because scholarly journal articles are shorter and published more frequently than books, they can have more up to date information (but not up to the minute/day/month).

Why avoid scholarly articles?  

  • Journal articles are extremely specific, whereas books give a more general overview of a topic if you don't know much about it
  • If you're studying an extremely recent event, you may not be able to find anything about it in the scholarly literature because it takes some time for scholars to write about it

Example: you probably won't find much about a financial crisis that happened last month.

In this case, try researching related ideas, like similar financial crises that have occurred in the past, or relevant economic/political concepts that may have contributed to the crisis which might be discussed in the academic literature.

How do I choose a database?  

Article databases are great tools to help you find journal articles.

· Access databases for free from the library website or research guides. (Trouble accessing a database? Ask a librarian)

· No database has everything. Try two or three to do a through search. Questions? Ask a librarian

What discipline is most likely to discuss your topic?  Example: use a Literature database for a literary topic.

Do you think your topic is very multidisciplinary?  Not sure what discipline would talk about your area?  Try multidisciplinary databases.

Tip: No database has everything.  It's highly recommended that you always try at at least 2 or 3 databases. If you have any trouble, ask a librarian for advice on what databases to search.  

· Database search screens may look different but they almost all work the same way. · Use keywords, boolean operators, and boolean modifiers

· See limiters (e.g. peer review, publication data) on the left side of your results

Find more Subject Specific Databases

More databases are available at Find the best research resources for your topic.

Multidisciplinary Databases

If your topic is multidisciplinary or you aren't sure which discipline-specific databases to use, starting with a multidisciplinary database can be very helpful.

Databases for Cinema, Communications, and Media

English, Theatre, and Sociology databases