Articles - Dixie State University Library

Article Databases
 Refers to entries from scholarly journals, trade
publications, general magazines, and newspapers
 Advantages
 Currency!
 Specificity
 Shorter than books
 Searchable full-text in databases
 Disadvantages:
 Very specific (often no basic or background information)
 Sometimes too general (newspaper article)
 Sometimes too advanced (scholarly articles)
 Like books, articles are required for most academic
research projects
 Articles in a database are the online versions of print
 Library Home Page > Article Databases
 General / Multi-Subject: Lists the largest, most comprehensive
full-text resources
 Best place for most students to start research
 Includes information sometimes not found in subject specific databases
 Subject: Lists resources associated with an academic discipline or
area of research
 Go to these once the General / Multi-Subject databases have been
 Alphabetical: Lists all DSU Library electronic resources in
alphabetical order
 Use this list if you have been referred to a specific database
 Collections of articles
 A database is an organized collection of data for one or more
purposes, usually in digital form
 Full-text: contains full-text of all articles
 Some articles may still be difficult to find because of an embargo
(or moving wall)
 Last 12 months unavailable online
 Index only: contains no full-text, only basic information about
an article (title, author, title of publication, date of publication,
abstract (which is a brief description of an article’s contents))
 Mix: mixture of articles that are full-text and index only
 Large databases that contain information on a wide
variety of topics
 General magazine articles
 Scholarly journal articles
 Newspaper articles
 Full-text and citation only
 Links to full-text articles in other databases
 Best place for college students to start their research
 EBSCOhost format most common
 Academic Search Premier (ASP) includes a wide mixture of
 Scholarly and general (or popular) articles
 Full-text and index only articles (some with linked full-text)
 Can be searched alone or with other databases
 ASP + MasterFILE Premier (MFP) (general or popular
magazines and a few newspapers)
 ASP + MFP + Business Source Premier (BSP) (large collection
of business publication in a variety of areas and in all formats)
 Go to Academic Search Premier (either alone or with other
 Search options
 Find all my search terms (searches like Google, Bing, or Yahoo!)
 Searches full-text of articles (not just citations and abstracts)
 Apply related words (a search for the term color will include plurals
(colors), alternate spellings (colour), and exact synonyms (hue)
 Can eliminate any of these expanders for more specific results
 Make sure you have pop-up blockers turned OFF if you’d like
to use the “check for full-text” feature
 Click on title to access article or more information
about article
 Title (title of article)
 Author(s)
 Affiliations (if available) listed below
 Click on author’s name to find other publications
 Source: title of periodical
 Click on title for information about publication
 Publisher
 Type of publication (academic journal, newspaper, etc.)
 Subjects covered
 Description
 Link to all issues
 Source (continued)
 Date of publication
 Volume (usually corresponds to a year)
 Issue (exact publication within a volume)
 Pages
 Number of pages
 Added information (diagrams, charts, map,
 Subject Terms
 Can click on any to search for more on that specific
 Abstract: brief description of article contents (not
necessarily a summary)
 Learning to search Academic Search Premier can really pay
off. It is housed on the EBSCOhost platform, which also
contains 30 other databases. Once you learn how to
search ASP, you know how to search other great databases
as well!
 Add items to your folder
 From results list
 From item display
 Access folder in blue navigation bar at top
 Print
 Email (recommended!)
 Save
 Export (to EndNote Web – a citation generator)
 Most relevant listed first
 Can change to “date descending” to get the most
 Listed 20 on a page
 Can still narrow and/or limit results
 Can revise search
 Can refine search
 Can perform new search
 Left column (select and click “Search”)
 Limit by type of publication
 Limit by subject term
 Limit to full-text (may eliminate many articles may have
“linked” full text)
 Limit to references available: item has a bibliography
 Limit to scholarly journals
 Limit by date range (move slider)
 Options:
 HTML full-text (transcribed from actual publication)
 PDF full-text (image of actual pages from publication)
 Linked full-text (Project MUSE, JSTOR)
 Check for full-text: Link Resolver (make sure pop ups are enabled on
your computer!)
 Sorry, no holdings
 Direct link to article if available full-text in one other database
 Indirect link (“Content is available via the following links” – choose the
article, journal, or database)
 Interlibrary loan!
 Just like with books, you can order articles we don’t
have in any of our databases
1. Double check by using the Full-Text Periodicals List
to look for the title of the periodical (not the article)
2. If not found, order article through ILLiad
Linked on Library Home Page and under Article
 The first time you enter ILLiad, you must register
 You must enter your DSU ID number
 Select a username and password that is easy for you to
 Enter all information accurately and completely
 List where you located this citation (Academic Search
Premier, JSTOR, etc.)
 Many articles will be available within two business
 Most articles will be delivered electronically
 Email tells you article has arrived
 Log in to ILLiad
 Download article (PDF format)
 Save on your computer or storage device
 Other General / Multi-Subject databases
 ProQuest Newsstand
 Combination of select newspaper titles (300+ titles)
 Includes full-text, same day New York Times and Wall Street
Journal, among many titles
 Includes regional newspapers (Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret
Morning News, Las Vegas Review-Journal, etc.)
 Newspapers are published quickly
 Newspapers are great for regional (or local) coverage
 Not written by experts
 CQ Researcher database includes one publication
(CQ Researcher)
 Excellent place to begin research on current,
controversial, or “hot” topics
 Each issue covers one topic in depth (25+ pages)
 Includes an overview, background information,
pro/con debate, chronology, and further sources
 Need a subject for your paper? Browse topics!
 JSTOR (pronounced jay-store) is an archive of
scholarly journals
 Good things:
 Full-text, full run, wide subject coverage
 Not so good things:
 Embargo (moving wall) – no current coverage
 No email delivery of content
 Currently, the DSU library offers access to over 125
 Databases are an important source of information, in
academic and in the rest of your life as well
 In order to provide all Utah citizens with access to
authoritative databases, Pioneer, Utah’s Online
Library was created
 With funds from public libraries, K-12 schools, and
academic libraries, 27 EBSCOhost databases are
purchased and shared, including Academic Search
 Utah Academic Library Consortium
 Because of the special needs of college and university
libraries, additional resources are purchased as a group
 Includes specific resources to support science, health
science, and education programs
 Includes general resources useful to a wide variety of
researchers at different levels in varied disciplines:
 CQ Researcher
 More!
 Additionally, DSU purchases databases specifically
for the use of its students and faculty, usually in
support of an academic program. We’ll learn more
about some of these databases in the next module
 Utah has an excellent selection of databases that are
accessible to all its citizens (Pioneer)
 Utah academic libraries provide incredible database
resources to support teaching and learning (UALC
and individual institutions)
Pioneer, Utah's Online Library
Public Pioneer
School Pioneer
Academic Pioneer
(Utah public libraries)
(K-12 media centers in
(public and not-for profit
public schools)
accredited college and
university libraries)
Shared Resources:
Resources purchased together for use by all three user groups
27 EBSCOhost general, technical, academic, and children’s databases
Accessible to all, in libraries and at home
Additional resources purchased for patrons of academic libraries
Utah Academic Library Consortium
33 academic databases
Variety of disciplines and levels
Accessible to academic library users
Additional resources purchased by individual colleges and
universities to support individual academic programs
Dixie State University
Wide variety of 30+ databases to support general
topics, business, sciences, health sciences,
literature, philosophy, education, communication,
fine arts, performing arts, social sciences
Includes streaming audio and video databases
Accessible to DSU students, faculty, and staff
 You’re now ready to take Quiz 3.
 It’s located in Module 3. Although the quiz is open
book, remember that the Final Exam is not, so you’ll
need to actually be learning the content not just filling
in the bubbles.
 Quiz 3 requires you to access and use the online
resources described in this module.
 That may include accessing resources from off-campus, so be
sure to have your username and password.
 If you have any questions or run into any problems,
please let us know.
 Remember, working ahead is an excellent way to
succeed. The Final Exam is available all semester!

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