Start at the library homepage
Articles tab on the library homepage
- a gigantic database of full-text journal articles, called "Summon"
- easy to use
- the best place to find a specific article (where you already know the article title)
- covers all disciplines, which is good if your topic is interdisciplinary
- searches within the entire text of each article, which is good for finding every mention of an obscure topic
- searches within the entire text of each article, so you often get irrelevant articles, where your topic is only briefly mentioned
- covers all discplines, so you may get irrelevant results from other disciplines
Subject-specific article databases (like IIPA, for performing arts, or MLA, for literature)
- Search results are usually relevant
- Special search features that are helpful for a particular discipline (such as a check box to limit to theatre reviews)
- Indexed by human beings using a thesaurus of controlled vocabulary that is helpful for a particular discipline
- Sometimes too few search results
- Sometimes harder to search
- Sometimes harder to retrieve the articles:
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- If there are no links to your article, try searching for the journal title in the library catalogue
- If the journal is not there, you can try ordering the article through interlibrary loan
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