Whether you're looking for newspaper articles or scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles, the UCSD Libraries have hundreds of article databases to select from.
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Databases are online tools that help you search for articles on a particular topic. Article databases are organized by broad subject area (e.g. biology, art, political science, etc.), and some are interdisciplinary databases or ones that search across multiple disciplines. The database you use depends on the topic or subject you have chosen and the type of information you need to access. For example: do you need newspaper articles? do you need scholarly articles? do you need governmental information? or do you need business-related articles?
Starting with an interdisciplinary database:
Not sure where to start? Maybe your topic spans a couple of disciplines (e.g., Bioengineering)? Some suggested databases to start with are:
Academic Search Complete Is a multidisciplinary database that indexes and abstracts articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese; full-text is available for over 5300 journals.
Web of Knowledge Is 1900-present. Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index. Major database indexes 10,000+ journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, & humanities, as well as conference proceedings.
How to pick a database:
We have hundreds of databases -- organized by broad subject areas. On our library home pages - look for the either Quick Links or the Databases A-Z list and use our Find Articles by Subjects list.
How to search a database:
Databases may look different but usually have similar search features. Start by doing a keyword search. Then you can limit your search by date or type of publication. Databases include information from a variety of sources-- books, journals, newspapers, disserations, conference proceedings, etc. You can limit your search to articles or scholarly/peer-reviewed articles depending on what you need.
Sometimes you know exactly what article you want and you're just trying to figure out if you can get a copy at the library. If you have the citation information (title, author, journal title, volume number, etc.), there are 2 ways you can find out.
Harnad, S. "Why and how we are Not Zombies." Journal of Consciousness Studies 1.2 (1994): 164-7.
1. Catalog Search
This list provides access to online journals subscribed to by the UCSD Libraries-- Find e-Journals
It does not search for articles! It only searches for journals, and then you can search for articles within that one journal. If you would like to search for articles in more than one journal at the same time, search one of the article databases.
To find complete records including print journals owned by the Library, please search titles in the Catalog.
How to find the full-text of the article:
Some databases include the full text of the article in the database. Look for icons or links that say:
If the article isn't available full-text within the database you found it, click on the orange UC-eLinks button to checkfor other full text as well as print options. UC-eLinks checks to see if the article is available through UC San Diego Libraries's subscriptions - whether it is online or in print.
UC-eLinks makes it easy to:
Can I search for articles at home?
Yes! The Libraries online resources are restricted so that only current UCSD faculty, staff, and students can view them from off-campus. In order to get access to these resources from an off-campus computer, you need to connect your computer to the UCSD network.
There are two ways to do this:
For more information or help with off-campus access, contact the ACMS Help Desk.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the service libraries provide when they do not own the item you want. We will work with our partner libraries and borrow a book, video, or get a scan of a journal article at your request.
Articles - scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed - are often the basics of a research paper. The libraries have many tools to help you find them.
All set to research? Quiz yourself - can you answer these 4 questions?
Need some tips to get you started finding articles? Check out the tutorial "How do I find articles?"
Practicing good research skills means that last minute crush to get the paper finished doesn't have to be so stressful. Learn some great tips at the UC San Diego Librairies tutorial, Preventing Plagiarism: Keepin' it Real.
Pick up some great research tips from the brochure, "How to Avoid Plagiarism".