LSC 250: Research Methods in the Communication Industry (Spring 2021) : Finding Research Articles
Selecting and Searching Databases by Subject or Type
You can access databases from the library home page (library.wisc.edu). Use the dropdown menu at the Catalog button to navigate to Databases.
There are several ways to browse and to select databases:
1) Search by the title of the database (for example, 'Academic Search').
2) Use the Browse by Subject/Type page to discover databases to literature that cover your research topic.
3) Visit the Top 10 Databases page to quickly access a selection of popularly-used databases.
Here are some suggestions given your course content:
Getting to Full Text
Follow (Find It button) or the "Find It at UW Madison" link in most databases to:
- access online full text (when available)
- see if the journal is available in print (Library Catalog)
- request a copy of the article (PDF) if full text is not available online (Request a Copy link)
If you already have a citation, use this Citation Search to search for your article.
Database Search Strategies (video)
Searching Tips for Online Databases
- Use AND to combine search terms; retrieve records with those terms, in any order: friends AND communication
- Use OR to combine similar search terms or synonyms: friends OR peers
- Use quotation marks ( " ") to search a required phrase: "interpersonal communication"
- Use an asterisk ( * ) to retrieve singular and plural forms or suffixes for search terns: friend* = friend, friends, friendly or friendship
- Review "subject headings" or "descriptors" to identify additional and useful search terms.
- Apply limits or filters to your results (by date, document type, or other).