Each database in our collection contains a different group of periodicals. There is some overlap--some periodicals appear in more than one database--but there is no one place you can search to see everything at once. Therefore, it makes a big difference which database you choose.
Keep in mind that you may need to use more than one database to find the best resources for your project.
Most databases contain some full-text articles and some citations and abstracts. If your result is not full-text in the database you're using, look for a link that says "check availability" or "article linker." In EBSCO databases, it looks like this:
Click the link to go to the Article Linker. This tool automatically checks to see if we have the full text of that article in another database. If we do, links will be provided to the article, journal, and database. Sometimes, the link directly to the article won't work--don't be alarmed if you get an error message. Just use the link to the journal or database, and search again for the article you wanted.
Step two in the article linker asks you to check the library catalog to see if we have that journal. Often, you will get a message that, "the search obtained no results." If the catalog says we have the journal, look carefully at the date range given, and compare it to the date of the article you want to access.
Step three is interlibrary loan. When you click on the interlibrary loan link from an article linker page, the ILL form is automatically filled out for you. All you have to do is log in and submit your request.
Call Research Services at (724) 738-2641, speak to the librarian on-duty in the 1st floor Research Services Office, or follow the link below to be taken to Ask A Librarian, our online query system.
Library databases provide access to the contents of hundreds of periodicals: newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. When searching a database:
Shown: Advanced search page in EBSCO's Academic Search Complete. Many of our databases use this interface.
1. When using a database, look for the Advanced Search option. Advanced Search gives you several boxes. Construct your search by putting one concept in each box.
2. Most databases search the item record for your search terms. The item record includes the title of the article, the author, the title of the periodical it appeared in, subject terms, and the abstract (if there is one).
Understand search modes:
Understand expanders: Expanders broaden your search and produce more results.
Understand limiters: Limiters narrow the search, giving you fewer results. Common limiters include:
Interlibrary loan allows you to access materials that are not part of the library collection, by requesting them from another library. Interlibrary Loan requests for articles are handled electronically: the sending library will scan the article, and you'll receive an email with a link to where you can view it. This process takes only a few days.
If you find a citation and abstract in a database, but the article is not full-text, simply click the "check availablity" link on the result page. Follow the steps to check if we have the full text somewhere else. If not, step three is interlibrary loan.
Click the "interlibrary loan form" link to get started. On the next screen, you'll log in with your email address (including @sru.edu) and your email password.
If it's your first time using ILLiad, the next screen will be a form to fill out with your contact information. Make sure you enter a valid email address, since that is how you will be notified of where to view your article. Submit the form, and you'll be taken to the article request page. If you came in through an Article Linker, the form will be filled out for you:
Check that everything looks correct, click "submit request" and you're done! When the article comes, you'll receive an email with a link to view it.