services provided by publishers and other vendors. Some are periodical
indexes which give citations to specific articles in magazines and
professional journals and have links to the full text of articles. Others
are the online versions of print sources which give various sorts of
information, from statistics to demographics to encyclopedic essays. Still
others are public sites on the Internet that we link to. The Warner Library
has access to many of them.
To generate a list of library databases in a specific subject area on theResearch Databases List go
to the box on the right and find the subject you want, i.e. education.
Click to highlight it. On the next page you will get a list of the
databases that either OSU or OhioLINK subscribe to that are related to that
subject. The description under the link to the database will
indicate whether it is a source of periodical articles or something else.
For more of a complete description, go to the right side of the list and
click on About Resource.
How to choose a database in OhioLINK: Your library and
OhioLINK provide access to many databases, both general sources covering a
wide range of topics, and sources focused on a single subject or academic
discipline or format. There are several ways to begin.
The term here refers to scholarly journals, not to diaries or personal
accounts. These are the characteristics of such journals:
results of original research, examine existing theories and present new
interpretations, review and analyze previous research studies on a topic.
with relevant credentials (degrees appropriate to the field of study).
always cite sources in footnotes or bibliographies, may include charts,
graphs or tables, but usually few photographs.
published quarterly, but some are more frequent.
some scholarly background on the part of the reader, uses terminology of the
field or discipline.
but not always, published by scholarly or professional organizations.
Some commercial (for profit) publishers also produce scholarly journals.
Journal publishers may require authors to pay production fees.
scholarly journals are “refereed,” that is, a panel of experts reads
prospective articles and selects those with scholarly merit. (“Peer
Reviewed” means the same thing as “refereed”.) The journal’s “editorial
statement” may indicate whether a journal is refereed. The library
owns guides which also give this information.
The best search engine in the world is the one that you actually know how to
use. Most of them have an advanced search capacity which most people
never bother to examine. If you do, you will discover whether the
engine accepts search strings in which terms are connected with AND,
OR, AND NOT, or whether it recognizes search symbols like + and -.
Click the links below to find out the best way to do effective
doing a Google search,
it is important to familiarize
yourself with the engine’s
operator strings. Try these
tips: use quotes to find an
exact phrase, use “site:” to
search only a specific site, or
“–” to exclude a term from your
results. You can also use the Advanced
to add criteria like reading
level, language, file type, and
date, and turn SafeSearch (the
content-filtering option) on or
Dogpile: Dogpile is a metasearch engine that fetches results
from Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask.com, About.com and several other popular
search engines, including those from audio and video content providers.