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EUREKA!: Mellon College of Science First-Year Experience: Searching Databases and Journal Articles

The EUREKA! course guide for 2020

What if I Just Want to Find a Particular Journal?

Use Our e-Journals A-Z List to Locate a Journal Hidden in a Fulltext Database

This automated list can point the user to the full text of articles while they're in a database with the "GET IT" button.  The list keeps track of electronic journals even if the full text is buried in a general literature database like ProQuest or LexisNexis.

 

Don't Forget the Reference Librarian

If at any time you want us to double check to see if we have access to a particular journal, please don't hesitate to ask.

Finding Full-Text Articles

Use the Get it @ CMU links wherever you see them!

If you have citations for specific articles, check the Journal Search to see if we subscribe to the journal that contains the article. If the CMU library collection doesn't have what you're looking for, you can request an article scan via Interlibrary Loan.

Reference librarians are here to help you - so please contact us with any questions!

Key Databases by Subject

Biology

Chemistry

Math

Physics

Mutli-disciplinary

Searching Databases

Boolean SearchingMost databases allow the use of AND, OR and NOT to broaden or narrow and search. 

  • AND will narrow the search to include only records with both terms. 
  • OR with broaden the search to include records with either term.
  • NOT will narrow the search to exclude records with one of the terms.

 

Truncation:  You can use an * at the end of a word stem to broaden your search to include related terms.  For example, to search for child, children or childhood use the search term child*

 

Putting quotes "" around words allows you to search for a phrase.  For example, searching language development, without quotes, finds records with both the word 'language' and 'development' somewhere in the record.  Searching "language development", with quotes, only find records with the phrase "language development".

 

Example: How does bilingualism affect language development in children?

 

 

NOTE:  When you begin doing advanced searching in a new database, look for the Help or Information sections to determine how that database works, and how it may differ from other databases with which you are familiar.