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Helpful guides for database searching:top

Finding Articles:
Follow this helpful tutorial from OSU libraries on finding articles.

OSU Subject Research Guides:
Ohio State University Libraries has many helpful subject research guides; browse these guides to find more recommended databases

Or, narrow your search by using
 Find Journals through the OSU Libraries Catalog.

Using Databases

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Research Databases are 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 the Research 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.  

Periodicalstop

Periodicals at Warner Library—three possibilities:

1. We have a current subscription to it or own a run of back issues. It will be located on our shelves.

2. There is a link from the record in the database that you are using to the full text of the article; it can be printed from the index database.

3.You can obtain a copy of it from another library.  Use Article Express (part of your ILLiad account).  Watch this video for a detailed explanation of Article Express and ILLiad.

For a full list of print periodicals available at the Newark Campus Library:

Newark Campus Library Periodicals List

Or, narrow your search by using Find Journals through the OSU Libraries Catalog.

Tips for using databases:

Video: Retrieving an Article Via a Research Database

Video: Getting an Article Via a Citation: All Journal Formats: If you have a citation, see how to use the OSU Library Catalog to find out if a journal is available in any format (print or electronic).

Video: Getting an Article Via a Citation: Electronic Journals: If you have a citation, see how to use the Online Journals List find out if a journal is available electronically.

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.

Popular vs. Scholarly Articles

What are Scholarly or Professional Journals?

The term here refers to scholarly journals, not to diaries or personal accounts.  These are the characteristics of such journals:

Purpose:  Report results of original research, examine existing theories and present new interpretations, review and analyze previous research studies on a topic.

Authors: Scholars with relevant credentials (degrees appropriate to the field of study).

Format: Articles always cite sources in footnotes or bibliographies, may include charts, graphs or tables, but usually few photographs.

Frequency: Many are published quarterly, but some are more frequent.

Language: Assume some scholarly background on the part of the reader, uses terminology of the field or discipline.

Publisher: Often, 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.

Selection: Many 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.

Check out this Guided tour of a scholarly journal article.

Here are some examples of scholarly journals in our library collection: 


How are popular journals (magazines) different? 

Audience: Articles are usually written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience. 

Length: Articles are usually shorter than scholarly journal articles.

Author: The author is journalist or professional writer; it is not always clear who the author is. 

Style: The Content is easy to comprehend by the general reader. 

Here are some examples of popular magazines in our library collection:  

Finding Articles Onlinetop

Evaluating Web Sites: Follow this tutorial to learn how to evaluate a website.

Search Engines:

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 searching:

Google: When 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 Search interface to add criteria like reading level, language, file type, and date, and turn SafeSearch (the content-filtering option) on or off.

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.

Bing

Yahoo

AOL

Using Google Scholar

This short video provides a guide to the unique search features of Google Scholar:

 

Tutorial courtesy of Cooperative Library Instruction Project.

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