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STEP 6

When You Need Articles

Many research paper assignments require the student researcher to include information found in articles from periodicals. A periodical is a magazine, journal (peer-reviewed), or a newspaper.

The fastest and best way to locate articles is through a periodical index.
Periodical indexes are available in print (paper) and online through the Internet.
Print periodical indexes provide citations, references, or information to locate an article. Many online periodical indexes provide the added advantage of the complete article.

Ask Yourself:
Where can I find articles from recent (current) periodicals?

Then Do This:
Use ProQuest, SIRS, and other online databases to locate articles that originally appeared in print periodicals.
Attend a Library ProQuest workshop to learn how to use ProQuest. ProQuest also provides an online tour at
http://www.proquest.com.

Ask Yourself:
Where can I find older articles for a topic that happened before 1986?

Example:
The Watts Riots of 1962.

Then Do This:
• Use the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. ASK THE REFERENCE LIBRARIAN for assistance.

Ask Yourself:
Where can I find articles about a health or medical topic?

Then Do This:
• Use Health Reference Center, an online database which is accessed from the Library Web site. ASK A REFERENCE LIBRARIAN for assistance.

Ask Yourself:
Where can I find articles and information about a person’s life (biographical information)?

Then Do This:
• Use Gale Biography In Context, which is accessed from the Library Web site.
ASK THE REFERENCE LIBRARIAN for assistance.

 

Step 7 Search for Web Sites About Your Topic   

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