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Writing 131 (Ruiz): Databases & Search Tips

Journal Production

Primary Publications: Finding Journals and Impact Factors

The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time.  It is one way scholars measure  the relative importance of a journal within its field.

Key Scholars

Access Library Resources from Off Campus

The VPN allows you to connect to the library's online articles and ebooks from off campus.


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General Databases

The following are general databases to use for your research. For a complete list of databases, please see our Databases by Subject webpage.

Find a Known Item

Some Strategies

1. Use the UC Library Search quick search box on the library home page.

2.  Look for the article title in Google Scholar.  Try the title OR UC-eLinks hyperlink.

3.  Look for the article title in UC Library Search.  Look for the Download PDF link under the article record to go directly to the article or use the form to make a request for an unavailable article. 

4. Look for the journal title.  Select the e-Journals tab on the library home page.  See if the journal is available.  Is the date you need available?

5. You may be able to find it in a major database IF it belongs to a specific subject area.

Try it Out:  Do we have these articles?

Citation #1

Levinson, Rosalie Berger. "Gender-Based Affirmative Action And Reverse Gender Bias: Beyond Gratz, Parents Involved, And Ricci." Harvard Journal Of Law & Gender 34.1 (2011): 1-36.

Citation #2

Altman, Ellen, and Patricia Promis. "Affirmative Action: Opportunity Or Obstacle." College & Research Libraries 55.1 (1994): 11.

Accessing Full-Text

Click Get it at UC to easily find the full-text of a resource. 

If we do not have it full-text in our collection, you will have an option to Request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at no cost to you.

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