As a UC Merced student, you have access to many journals and databases. This video does an excellent job of explaining how journal article information is made available in databases.
Watch the video below (2:28) and consider the following questions.
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Journals, and the articles in them, are a key resources used in academic studies. Faculty members regularly publish their research results in scholarly journals.
College Composition and Communication is one example of a scholarly journal. Its focuses on accepting articles from rhetoric and composition studies that will support college instructors in the teaching of writing. However, the research may also draw from a number of theories and disciplines including race studies and anthropology.
As discussed in the video "From Idea to Library", you can locate articles from journals in library databases.
A database allows you to search multiple journal titles at once.
However, sometimes you will not know if a journal is indexed (pointed to) in the databases without some exploration.
If you want to discover if our library has a journal in full-text for the years you want, you can use the library's Journals search. Watch the video below for an introduction. (7:19)
Sample Writing Journals
These links take you to the library's ejournals. Note that a journal's contents may be searchable in one or more databases. Check years of coverage.
Databases Point You to Sources
As you heard in the previous video, databases can point to individual journal articles.
An index points to something.
Databases index (aka point, inventory, record, catalog) resources.
Sometimes databases do more than point to the article, sometime they include the full-text of the article. *Note: Many databases include more than just journal article sources.
Databases Vary in Size and Scope
Some databases index a limited number of journals while others may index hundreds of journals.
Some databases focus on one field study and closely related disciplines. Other databases may be interdisciplinary -- including articles from multiple disciplines.
Personal Use of Databases
If we search on the web, then we've likely had multiple experiences searching databases. Searching for a refrigerator at Home Depot or a pair of shoes at Zappos are both examples of using a database to find something.
Take this tutorial to learn more about databases and how your experience can translate to understanding and using library databases.
1. Click on the link or logo above to access the tutorial. Full instructions are on the first page.
|By the end of the tutorial, you will be able to:
Databases (writing, literature, education)
Discover how to locate databases listed in the library's A-Z Database listing. (1:14) You can narrow down by database subject area, full-text availability etc.
Not what other research libraries are, what they will be.
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