Electronic Databases are used to find articles in journals and magazines--periodicals. Some entries will be full text; others will provide a summary or reference, but the information will be listed on where and in what publication you can find the original article
Listed below are three of our top multi-disciplinary electronic databases. there are others of course, located here.
Libraries pay for and provide resources that are electronically accessible but that cannot be found with a Web browser or "on the Internet." Knowing these terms will help as you look for articles in your subject
Abstract Short summary of an article's methods and findings, written to help researchers decide quickly if the article is relevant to their interest
Article Single piece of writing by one or more authors, shorter than a monograph (book), published in a periodical
Citation Publication data for a published item which allows a reader to identify the source; sometimes accompanied by an abstract
Database An electronic collection of publications that allows users to browse individual titles or to search many all at once. Subject databases are often very expensive and not avialable beyond campus, but they are the best way to see what has been done in a field. A database may be either an index or full-text, and might have both kinds of entries
Full-text Includes an electronic copy of the actual article. Depending on the database, the article may be available in HTML format, PDF format (displays the article as it originally appeared in the periodical with, layout and graphics), or both.
Index Lists of article citations which may provide an abstract of an article, but does not provide complete text. Use an index to identify material the library may not own but which you may find in another database or request through ILLiad
Journal A periodical produced for specialists in a particular field, often produced by a scholarly society or academic school; almost always peer reviewed
Limiter Any of several database functions that narrow a results list, often by using controlled terms, dates, or sources
Magazine Commercial periodical publication for interested non-specialists or casual professional reading; rarely peer reviewed, but often a good measure of what matters concern a profession, discipline, or interest group
Newsletter Special-interest periodical of notices and brief summaries of current information, often directed at members of an organization
Peer review An editorial process before an article or book becomes accessible (published), in which writing is judged to be good enough for publication by other people who work in the field; it typically represents a higher standard of ability, accuracy, and professionalism (and therefore reliability and quality) than journalistic or non-peer-reviewed work
Periodical The catch-all term for publications issued on a regular basis, including journals, magazines, newspapers, and newsletters, whether in print or in electronic form
Let your fingers do the walking! Article databases are collections of articles and information about articles. Each has a different group of magazines, journals and/or newspapers. Use an article database to
Note: You could browse piles of magazines……
Our main electronic databases are:
To find magazine, journal or newspaper articles: use an article database. Article databases allow you to search for articles by topic, author, etc. Some (not all) article databases link to the full text of articles.
Primary Source Databases (all), including newspaper databases.
Look carefully at the description of each database. Note what years of publication are included, what types of materials are included, and whether the database covers a particular academic discipline (such as History) or whether it is interdisciplinary.
Start with a keyword search, using a few key terms. Enter phrases (example: spanish-american war), or two or more key terms connected by "and" (example: disabled and berkeley). Look at the full version of relevant records to find official subject terms (also known as descriptors) to use in a subject search.
Search results may be saved to a list and e-mailed.
Once you have used an index to find a relevant citation, you need to find the text of the item. Some online indexes include links to full text.
In some article databases you may click on the image button, which will either locate the full text of the article online, or perform a search to determine where the journal title (magazine or newspaper) is located on campus.
The ILLiad system allows users to borrow specific articles from journals to which UTM does not have access, or to get pages photocopied from books and other materials in the PML collections.