There are 6 central concepts that are important to grasp, in order build an effective KEYWORD search strategy in any article oriented database OR library catalog:
For some research toptics, the difference in the number of articles retrieved between these two simple options could be 4 to 1!
When you want to look at variety of articles from academic/scholarly sources; local & regional newspapers, or general audience magazines, there are 4 very different databases available to you from the Hatfield Library that you should turn to:
Hatfield Library also offers access to hundreds of subject oriented databases. For instance, when you are doing research on Environmental related topics, here are 2 databases of specific interest:
You can view the complete roster of over 230 databases offered by Hatfield Library.
And there are 3 major producers of subject oriented databases Ebsco, Gale/Cengag and Proquest) that allow you to cluster together results by the database producer, rather than selecting individual disciplines:
This is a one-stop source for information on current social issues. OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites.
This database should only be used as a starting point in helping you select an appropriate topic, since this database focuses on giving students Overviews!
OVIC can be helpful in obtaining background information about a topic, to help bring you “up to speed”. However, you should not create your research project solely from this database!
OVIC contains excerpts from lots of different types of resources. If you only view those snippets, you might fail to see the full context of where an underlying article is coming from.
For this project, you need to read each article that you use, in its entirety. This is very important to do, before you consider what types of bias might be present within a specific article. You need to examine resources for both the type of bias, as well as the degree of possible bias that a source is trying to perpetrate on you, the reader.
OVIC is not designed to have the most up to the minute urgent coverage of fast breaking news.
This is a Full Text database, but it is not a full image database! You will never see a single photo, graphic or bar chart in this database.
AWN provides access to over 2,000 newspapers, of all sizes, within the United States, as well as over 1,000 newspapers published in other countries. AWN also includes access to national & regional news wire services.
Here is an example of looking for newspaper articles about gay marriage, across Africa:
Newspaper Source provides access to 40 newspapers that are national in scope for a specific country, as well as over 300 local & regional newspapers within the United States,
Although the title of this database says "newspapers" this database also offers access to:
This database include citations from a variety of sources without necessarily giving you the full text of the underlying documents. Although this database will allow you to submit Inter Library Loan requests for items mentioned in this database, the Hatfield Library cannot actually fulfill ILL requests quickly for many of the underlying newspapers, as compared to our normal turnaround time for finding academic journal articles.
However on the bright side, the Newspaper Source database does offer the ability to click on a button that will only show you Full Text results, so you will not have to wait for the 3+ business day turnaround time for ILL requests.
Academic Search Premier provides direct full text coverage for more than 4,000 journals in a wide variety of fields of: social sciences, humanities, general science, education, general news and multi-cultural journals. It also offers indexing and abstracts for 8,000+ additional academic journals where the full text is available with a couple of clicks.from other document providers.
Although the title of this database says "academic", this database also offers access to over 1,000 magazines focusing on current events, politics, hobbies, personal interest and other popular non-academic topics.
This database include citations from a variety of sources without necessarily giving you the full text of the underlying documents. Although this database will allow you to submit Inter Library Loan requests for items mentioned in this database, the turnaround time for fulfilling ILL requests is typically in the range of 2 to 4 business days.
However on the bright side, the Academic Search Premier database does offer the ability to click on a button that will only show you Full Text results, so you can get articles in just a few clicks without any wait.