Denison-Furness Writing 95

Session Outcomes:

  • Generate search strategy for your research question.
  • Use article databases to identify at least two scholarly articles that speak to your topic.

  • Print articles.

Campus Library Webpage:

You are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.

 Using Journal Article Databases:

Start at the Campus Library webpage at:

Look for the Find Articles icon to access journal article databases.

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that are a good place to start:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
MasterFile Premier

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!

Effective Database Searching:

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!

So, once again, why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!

Citation Format:

Help is Always Available!

Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!  Here’s Barber Library’s open hours.

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

Or e-mail us at:

Or call us at:  (541)383-7567.


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