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We have a number of searchable sources for full-text periodical articles. In our list of databases...
...you can identify these sources by looking for Fulltext following the title. The two most broad-based in terms of subject matter are JSTOR and Project MUSE. Both of these collections contain the kind of peer-reviewedscholarly journals that your professors want you to read.
There is a critical difference you need to bear in mind about these two collections:
Searching full text databases can be a little tricky. The search engines in these collections look for the incidence of the terms you've put into the search box in thousands of pretty long articles, so it’s very easy to get lots of irrelevant results.
Here are some tips for searching full text databases:
Since very few articles in have abstracts and none have subject headings, you’re pretty much limited to searching the full text. Try these suggestions:
Since very few articles in JSTOR have abstracts and none have subject headings and you can only search the content in Project MUSE, you’re pretty much limited to searching the full text. Try these suggestions:
As rich as JSTOR and ProjectMUSE are, they only cover a few of the many thousands of journals in each discipline. For a more comprehensive view of scholarship in a given area, consult the indexes that cover the journals dedicated to a particular discipline.
Click on the Databases icon...
...and choose the subject area you want and in the drop down list, you’ll find databases that include full-text, some that offer just Citations and some that are a hybrid of both.
Click on the index you want to use, and try typing in a couple of search terms, much as you would a Google search. If you get too many articles or irrelevant ones , use the Advanced Search, and search for your main idea as a subject or descriptor. If you get too many hits, try adding a keyword that might narrow your subject down.
The result should be a list of citations. Citations always include the following fields:
Citations often include the following fields:
When you find a citation for an article that you'd like to read, the first place to check is our Journal List...
If we don’t subscribe to the journal you need, use ILLiad...
...to request the article you’re looking for. For more information on ILLiad, and to set up your account, click here. Once your account is set up, you can automatically populate the article request form from EBSCO databases – just click on the button. From other databases, or from citations you find in printed sources, type in the information.
As always, if you have trouble finding an article or a journal, please see a librarian. We'd be happy to help.