The library databases have access to millions of full-text articles. Different databases feature collections of articles from different journals, magazines, and other resources. If at first you don't succeed, try another database.
In general, there are two types of databases:
Notes of caution:
Many of the databases we subscribe to are products of Ebscohost. This benefits you because they have the same format and you can search many of them at once using the Choose Databases option just above the search bar. (Once the list displays, hover over the yellow blurb box to learn more about each database.)
Academic Search Complete is one of the most popular databases because it covers a comprehensive list of subjects with full-text articles.
For a basic search, type a few keywords and hit the "Search" button.
On the results screen you will see a column of limiter options. For best results, make sure the Full Text box is checked. If researching for a college course, choose Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. You may also want to pull the slider on the publication date range to find more recent articles as needed.
You can limit your search by source type. Academic journals are recommended, but Magazines and Newspapers may also be useful. To narrow down a topic by subject, select a subject from the limiter column.
Clicking on the title will take you to the detailed item record. Click on the "PDF Full Text" or the "HTML Full Text" links to view the article. Some articles with HTML full text will display the article at the bottom of the page.
To find articles on similar subjects, click a link in the Subject Terms area. Since many Ebsco databases use specific terminology, this area can give you keyword suggestions when you are stuck.
The Tools column is particularly useful when you need to print, email, save, or cite the article. Citations are automatically generated, so double-check the content and formatting before using it in a paper.
Gale eBooks, previously known as Gale Virtual Reference Library, searches a wide range of encyclopedia articles from a variety of eBooks. It is especially useful if you are looking for an overview of your topic.
To start with, either type your topic in the search box or select a subject from the Collections column.
You can also limit the search by subject, document type, or encyclopedia source.
Note that some encyclopedias have the same titles, but different years or editions. For academic research, you will almost always want to select the more recent resource.
Downloading a PDF of the article often preserves the original formatting, including images and page numbers. Page numbers are particularly useful to keep track of if you are using the source in your paper and need to cite that page.
You can also use the Article Contents links on the Explore side column to jump to a specific page. The More Like This and Related Subjects box will point you to more articles on similar subjects.
You can begin searching by typing keywords into the search bar, or you can use the Topic Finder feature for a more visual approach in exploring a topic.
Once on the results screen, you can click on a title to view the article. Check the word count before you click - some links are only abstracts and do not include the full article.
If you have too many results to dig through, you can narrow your search using the search limiter column. Critical Essay is perhaps the most useful content type for English courses, followed by Articles and Essays. You can also limit by subject, work, and more. Keep in mind that not all items have been fully indexed with subjects, so using limiters can sometimes eliminate relevant articles as well.
Click on a title to view the article. From here, you can use the tool bar on the top to cite, email, download, or print the article. The citation tool is automated, so double check each citation before using it in an essay.
You can also use the Related Subjects menu on the side to search for similar articles.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints pulls together comprehensive coverage of a range of controversial topics, which allows you to explore the pros and cons side-by-side. You can also view a wide variety of resources, including viewpoint essays, statistics, news, videos, and articles from encyclopedias and magazines.
Type your search terms into the search box, or browse topics using the subject boxes below the featured articles. One advantage of browsing the issues listed in these boxes is that they are already organized into collections of resources.
Once you click on or search for your topic, you will be taken to a resource page on that topic. If the topic is not organized, it will have a list of all the results that include your search term, broken down by type.
If the topic is organized, it will have an overview, as well as a column that breaks the results down into resource types, such as Featured Viewpoints, Academic Journals, Statistics, News, Reference Articles, Magazines, and more.
Click on a title to be taken to the article or resource.
If you would like to find more information on similar topics, check out the Explore sidebar with "More Like This" articles and the list of "Related Subjects."
To search JSTOR, type your keywords into the search box or click the Advanced Search option below it. You can also refine your search on the results page by narrowing your search by date, subject, or keyword. You can use the Advanced Search to search multiple fields at once.
You can sort your results by relevance, newest, or oldest.
When you find an article you are interested in, click the title to go to the item record, or click the "Download PDF" button to go directly to the article. Accept the terms and conditions to open the PDF.
You can also click "Cite this Item" to get the citation without opening the document.
If you click on the title, you will be taken to the item record.
Here, you can do many of the same things, including clicking on topic links to find more articles on related subjects.
If you are not able to download a PDF version of the article, you can read the article online using the arrows on either side of the article page to progress.
If you wish to jump to the part of the article that includes your search terms, click "View X Search Matches" above the document and jump to those pages.
Note: You can also try the Text Analyzer (under Tools), which allows you to upload a document or image, such as your essay. It analyzes the words in that document and retrieves relevant articles and keywords for you. It's a great tool when you are having trouble finding sources!
You can either search using keywords in the search box at the top, or you can browse by popularity, producer, or subject by clicking on the three lines next to the logo.
If you search by keyword, you will find several types of videos. Full videos are entire videos, while segments are clips within each video.
If a video is a segment, the title of the full video is listed under the segment title. Segments are available so you do not have to watch or cite an entire video, but can search for, and jump to, the most relevant part.
You can also filter your results by subject, producer, video type, language or copyright date using the drop down menus in the row above the titles.
Click on a title to view the video.
Once in the video, you can use the play panel to play or pause, turn up the sound, speed up the play time, or expand the video to full screen.
You can jump to other segments in the video using the segment table of contents.
All videos have closed captioning options. You can also view the transcript of the segment using the tabs in the column next to the video.
If you want to cite, share, or embed the video, click the links below the video.
Click a tag to view related videos.
Enter your search terms in the large search bar and click the magnifying glass to search. Since Nexis Uni covers many subjects, you will likely want to narrow your search. You can do this by selecting something from the drop down menu next to the search bar, which defaults to "All Nexis Uni" or by selecting a field in the "What are you interested in?" section. This drop down menu will let you limit your selection by multiple categories, jurisdictions, or topics.
You can also visit several Topic pages, which contain specific search tools and resources. The Business page, for example, lets you view company dossiers, view recent business news, or research information on companies. The Criminal Justice page lets you search statutes and legislation or view Supreme Court decisions and landmark cases.
The results page automatically defaults to News. If you wish to look at cases, statutes, company information, or a snapshot of everything, select the document type using the column on the left of the screen.
Results can be sorted by relevance, alphabetically, or chronologically.
If you check the box next to an item, you can print, email, or download it.
If you get a lot of results, you will likely need to narrow your results further. You can select specific locations, publication types, subjects, and more.
Click the title of any document to be taken to its full text.
Once in the document, you can again print, email, or save it using the menu row at the top. This information will appear at the bottom of the screen on small devices. Check the number of pages in your document before printing, as some can be quite long.
When it comes to statutes and court cases, there is an "Export Citation" button just below the title that allows you to cite the information in standard legal format.
Cases will often include the case history, term keywords, and a case summary that is especially useful as an abstract of the case.
In the "About this Document" column, there is a list of related content and court materials.
You can search the Cerro Coso catalog while you search Google Scholar!
In Google Scholar, open Settings from the hamburger menu in the top left corner.
Then, go to the Library Links tab. Search for “Cerro Coso” and check the box that appears. Then Save. Depending on your Google account settings, you may need to do this each time you search in a new browser.
Now when you search Google Scholar, you will see a message to the right of some articles that says “View It @ Cerro Coso.” This will direct you through the library catalog and database to the article! You may need to log in with your college email and password first.
If you don't see the link next to an article you want, don't worry! Click the chevron expander at the bottom of an article citation and you may see a “Get It @ Cerro Coso” link. This lets you search the catalog directly. If the book or article is unavailable, please request it from Interlibrary Loan!