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Journal articles are especially good for finding current research on a topic. Articles which are "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" are written by scholars and professionals in the field. Many of the Library's databases will let you limit your search to these types of publications.
Be sure to look at the bibliography of any article that seems particularly relevant, because it can lead you to other useful resources.
The databases below will likely include articles relevant to your research. You may also wish to browse the Library's subject guides to identify other useful databases in a variety of disciplines.
How do I get an article?
In many databases, you will see a "PDF full text" or "HTML full text" link next to a citation. If so, clicking on the link will bring up the full text of the article.
If you don't see one of those links, you should see abutton next to each citation. If we have access to the article from another source, the link will take you to UC Library Search to show you options for getting full text.
Ulrichsweb: Find Information about Journals
Ulrichsweb is a great resource for finding information about journals. It provides data points such as publisher, language, subject, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians.
You can also easily learn if a title is peer-reviewed, and Ulrichs will even tell you which databases (such as those listed at right) index the journal.
The "advanced search" allows several ways to focus your search for journal titles of interest, and then it's just a matter of clicking on titles in the results list to get the full information.
A symbol next to the title indicates that the journal is peer-reviewed.
University of California dissertations should be available as a full text PDF to all UCSD users. Dissertations and theses from other universities may be requested through ILL.
Top Journal Article Databases for USP
Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary subject, which means you will find relevant articles in databases covering a variety of subject areas. Some of the databases below are specifically related to the field of Urban Studies & Planning, while others are very general and multidisciplinary. If you can't find articles on your topic using the databases below, you can also try browsing Subjects A-Z to find other subject guides and the recommended databases for those disciplines.
A multidisciplinary database that indexes and abstracts articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications. This is a great database to start your research. Use the “Choose Databases” link to search this database simultaneously with Urban Studies Abstracts and America History and Life.
1991-present. Citations to articles in roughly 381 alternative, radical, and left publications in North America. which report and analyze the practices and theories of cultural, economic, political, and social change. Especially good for articles on alternative transit methods.
1964-present. A comprehensive international database listing research on United States and Canadian history, for all periods from prehistory to the current decade. It includes abstracts of journal articles and listings of books and Ph.D dissertations. San Diego Journal of History is included among the Journals indexed. Use the “Choose Databases” link to search this database simultaneously with Academic Search Complete and Urban Studies Abstracts.
Annual Reviews critically reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide researchers to the principal contributions of their field and help them keep up to date in their area of research. Each article is its own search engine, providing a gateway to the essential primary research literature referenced within each topic.
1500s-present. BNNA is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 98,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.
Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for some of its journals dating as far back as 1886. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles and more.
Offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. It contains more than 2.5 million records from more than 2,350 domestic and international titles dating back to 1888. (Formerly Environment Index.)
1960-present. Full text U.S. ethnic community newspapers, newsletters, magazines. Includes African-American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian-Pacific, European-American, Hispanic, Jewish, Native-American. Searchable in English and Spanish.
This database pulls citations from websites, databases and publications all over the web and is especially useful if your topic is relatively new or extremely interdisciplinary. If you use Google Scholar on campus or with the proxy/VPN set up on your home computer, you will be able to access lots of full text articles paid for by the UCSD Libraries.
Search by subject or browse 2,600+ full-text titles, predominantly scholarly journals and books in social sciences, history, humanities, and science and mathematics, to their earliest issues. Many titles extend as far back as late 19th or early 20th centuries; most recent 3-5 years often not included. JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.
1986-present. Searchable database of weekly newsletters covering Latin American political and economic affairs. Current titles are NotiSur (South America), SourceMex (Mexico), NotiCen (Central America).
Thousands of full-text sources including newspapers, wires, transcripts, newsletters, magazines, trade journals; also industry news, company information, law reviews, court decisions. Coverage dates vary.
Full-text of books and journals and statistical data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on a wide range of topics including economics, political science, environmental studies, globalization, education, health, energy, communications, international development, foreign aid and more.
1963-present. Abstracts journal articles, monographs, dissertations, conference proceedings, other research covering sociology, social work, and related social sciences. Also includes selected web resources.
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.