|STEP 1: Finding Articles Using Article Databases|
Select a Topic Idea
Think about something you would like to know more about...
Use one of the above as your research topic idea for this assignment
1. Write your research topic idea here:_____________________________________
This topic idea will evolve into a more formal thesis or focused research question as you continue your research
2. Select the two or three words that best describe your topic and write them here
_____________ ______________ _______________
These are the keywords you will use in your search
Search Article Databases
3. Use the Academic Search Elite article database to find articles or citations on your topic
|What is Academic Search
Elite and why is it
Academic Search Elite is an article database used to find articles and article citations on most subjects. Many of the article citations in Academic Search Elite also include a link to the full text or complete article online. Full text articles can be printed, emailed, or saved on a disk for later use. EbscoHost is the company that creates Academic Search Elite and many other databases.
To access Academic Search Elite:
- Double click on the Internet Explorer Icon on the desktop
- You will see the WSU Library home page at the following URL (uniform resource locator) http://library.weber.edu
- Under Quick Links, click on Database Finder
- Click on Academic Search Elite
- For off campus access enter as above and enter your 88...student ID number
- To get a student ID, you need a pin number. To get a pin number go to http://applications.weber.edu/SharedApps/pin.asp
- To get your student ID number go to https://htmlos.weber.edu/cgi-bin/start.cgi/students/studid.html?group=regular
To use Academic Search Elite:
- Type a word or words that best describe your topic (use your keywords above) into the Find box. Use the Boolean AND (for example: Utah AND Olympics) to limit and focus your search or select "all the words"
- Notice that you may also Refine Search or Limit your search by
- Selecting Full Text articles (the complete article is online)
- Selecting scholarly Peer Reviewed or Refereed articles
- After entering your keywords, Click on Search
Review the results. Select two citations related to your topic
Follow instructions carefully below to print two citations only
|There are many other article databases available, online and in print. From the library home page, select the Database Finder to see lists of databases by subject. To access databases if you are off-campus, use your student ID number that begins with 88....|
4. Use the Database Finder to find SIRS Knowledge Source, another general article database. Use SIRS to find another article useful for your research.
Attach a printout of the article citation or reference, or the first page of the article, (NOT the full article, unless it is less than one page)
When the articles you want are NOT available in full text...
|Where are magazines, journals and newspapers in
Identify Types of Publications
5. Review two of the articles you have found. Using the following definitions, what type of periodical publication(s) did you find?
|Type of Publication||Characteristics|
|magazine||popular, not peer reviewed, no list of references, general language|
|academic journal||scholarly, peer reviewed or refereed, contains bibliography or list of references, language is more specialized and specific to field of study|
|newspaper||current, popular, not peer reviewed, no list of references|
Article 1 is a:________________________ Article 2 is a:___________________________
Use Reference Resources
|What are reference books
and databases and why are
Reference books and databases are sources that you "refer" to, like encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, atlases, indexes and statistical sources. They are often a great place to begin or enhance research. Usually reference books are located in the reference area of a library. Many reference books and resources are now available full text on the Web.
To find encyclopedia articles on the Web
6. Find an encyclopedia article on your topic or a broadly related topic. For off campus access use your student ID number.
Now go on to Step 2: Finding Books
Last updated on 12/09/2003 . Please send comments and suggestions to Carol Hansen, email@example.com