Principles to remember
Databases discussed on September 30, 2010
- there is a difference between a "platform" and a "database"
- platform = "floor"
- database = "content"
- as with all searching, the goal is to cull what you need/want from the database and exclude what you don't want
- be patient--searching takes time
- if at first you don't find what you want, try these tips:
- too many results?
- add terms
- reduce the time frame
- select an appropriate limiter from the options below the search boxes
- too few results?
- prioritize your terms and remove either the least important or any modifiers you may have used (when in doubt, stick to nouns)
- expand your time frame
- remove any limiters you may have checked, unless they are critical to your requirements (e.g., if your professor asks for scholarly/peer reviewed journals only, there's no point in removing that limiter)
Academic Search Premier
- a general database on the EBSCO platform
- this is an index that also includes full text (some PDF; some HTML)
- these are newspaper databases
- ProQuest Newspapers carries mainstream newspapers from around the world
- Ethnic Newswatch carries diverse newspapers from the United States
- these databases contain high quality, full text PDFs of journals
- if a journal is included in the database, the full run is included from v.1, issue 1
- the "embargo" period for copyright reasons is 3-5 years, depending on the journal