The Find-It Button
Understanding Scholarly Communication
Use databases to find articles on your
topic. Some databases will have the full text of the entire
article available within the database, others will only have a
citation for the article. Use the Find-It button to determine
how to access the full article when there is no electronic
full-text. Read more about the Find-It Button and Understanding
Scholarly Communication below, after the list of databases!
some databases that may be useful for
Academic Search Premier
- a multidisciplinary database containing both scholarly and
popular sources, many of which have full-text available.
ASP is a good place to start your research. Use the FindIt
button to locate articles that are not available full-text.
- a great source for full-text world news and legal
- a source of U.S. news from major papers including The
New York Times and
The Washington Post
- a huge,
wonderful database of scholarly communication from a wide
variety of disciplines. All of these sources are full-text,
but the newest documents are 3-5 years old.
America: History and Life - covers
United States and Canadian history, both full text articles
and citations for others with Find-It buttons.
Business Source Premier - company,
industry, business information with the familiar EBSCO
International Affairs Online -
full text theory, research, and case studies on
Com Abstracts - citations
to articles in Communications Journals. From this page,
choose Com Abstracts in the top right-hand corner to search
CQ Weekly -
Congressional Quarterly Weekly - your opportunity to find
out what's going on in Congress!
Contemporary Women's Issues - would
be good for topics relating to women.
ERIC - "Education Resources
Information Center," a database with full text education
articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to
non-full text resources.
Humanities International Complete -
database covering the Humanities with quite a few
Communications journals included.
PsycINFO - the gold standard database
for psychology and related fields.
Social Sciences Abstracts - articles
and citations for interdisciplinary fields such as
addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics,
gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political
sciences, psychology, sociology, and more
It's a bit like magic,
really. The Find It button does three things:
Looks in all of our
databases to see if the document you want is available
full-text in another of our databases. If so, it links you
Links you to the library
catalog when we have the item you want in print or
Links you to ILLiad
(interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another
library if we don't have access electronically or in print.
The Find It button is YOUR
You can also use the Citation
Linker, another fabulously cool tool. It is useful when you
are reading an article and it cites another article that looks
like it would be super useful for your research. You plug in
the citation information for that article and can find out how
to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the
library, or through Interlibrary Loan. It works the same way as
Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.
Learn more about the
Understanding Scholarly Communication
Many times, instructors
insist that you use scholarly sources for your papers. What
does that mean? Check out this
chart for the details!
Here are the
glossy, pretty pages
with lots of advertisements and pictures
written by hired
reporters for a general audience
short, easily read
looking - very few pictures or advertisements
written by experts
in the field and reviewed by other scholars before
long articles with
citations and bibliographies at the end
Why should you use
the library and not just use Google to find some good websites?
Most of the time,
scholarly publications are not
available to the general public, nor are they
available for free on the internet. Individuals or
organizations (such as a library) subscribe to these
publications. Because subscriptions are expensive, many
choose to access this content through libraries.
Often, content from
scholarly journals is indexed in databases that
the library subscribes
to. The content is on the web, but it is not accessible unless
you are affiliated with the institution who is subscribing. It
isn’t the same thing as just finding a website
through a regular Google search.
Sometimes the full text of the article is available through the
database; other times it is only a citation to the article and
you will need to find the print version of the article in the
library or order the article through interlibrary loan if we
don’t subscribe to it.
So, basically what
I'm saying is that the only way you can access this scholarly
information for free is by using the library databases!
The library liaison
to Communication is Stephen Ford,