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Searching Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete can be used to locate the full text of articles in thousands of scholarly journals on just about any topic.

Follow the on-screen instructions for searching Academic Search Complete. You may search by author, article title, subject, etc. Search results can be limited to full text, peer-reviewed, or by date, publication type, etc.

From the Results list you can link to the full text or location information for each article.

Retrieval options include e-mail and print. Read the on-screen instructions for Academic Search Complete's "find it" options.

From the Archbishop Alter Library's home page, Find Articles lists Databases listed A-Z.  From here you can connect to Academic Search Complete


    Searching for Journal Articles

    The best way to find articles on your topic is to search a periodical index. Periodical indexes tell you where an article has been published and may provide an abstract (summary) of the article. Online periodical indexes (databases) may also link to the full text of the article.

    Most online periodical databases cover the last 10 to 20 years. For older articles, you can search the print indexes in the Archbishop Alter Library.

    For college-level research you'll need to use specialized periodical databases that cover a specific subject. These list articles published in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals from around the world. Find Journal & Newspaper Articles lists online periodical databases by subject.

    From the Archishop Alter Library's home page, Find Articles takes you to Find Journal & Newspaper Articles. Select the subject area related to the information you want. Then select a specific database from the list of titles.

    Follow the on-screen instructions for searching the database. Retrieval options will vary. Follow the on-screen instructions for displaying, printing, or e-mailing search results.

    If the database does not link to the full text via the "Find a Copy" link, search FOCUS for the title of the journal . If the journal is not available in the Archbishop Alter Library, you may request a photocopy of the article from another library by completing an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.


      Searching for Newspaper Articles

      Newspapers are published on a regular basis, usually daily or weekly. They contain information not available in books or other sources, for example; current events, recent topics and issues, eyewitness accounts, opinions, columns and editorials. Newspapers may be used for current and historical research.

      Use NEWSDEX to search for local news stories in Cincinnati area newspapers from the 1890's to the present. NEWSDEX is available via the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County .  NEWSDEX does not provide the full text of articles.  Follow the on-screen instructions for searching NEWSDEX.

      Newspapers from Cincinnati, other U. S. cities, and around the world are available on the Web. From the Archbishop Alter Library's home page, Subject Guides lists a guide focusing on News & Current Events. Go to this guide for links to Newspapers and other news information sources.

      Newspaper Source is a database that provides selected full text coverage for more than 200 newspapers, full text transcripts from television and radio broadcasts (CNN, CBS, CNBC, FOX, NPR) and cover-to-cover full text for USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and The Times (London). From the Library's home page, Find Articles takes you to Databases listed A-Z. From here you can connect to Newspaper Source. Follow the on-screen instructions to search Newspaper Source.

      Lexis-Nexis Academic includes the full text of articles from major U. S. and foreign newspapers. From the Library's home page, Find Articles takes you to Databases listed A-Z. From here you can connect to Lexis-Nexis Academic and search News.

      If the full text of a newspaper article is not available online, search FOCUS for the title of the newspaper . This will tell you if the Archbishop Alter Library has the newspaper, the dates held, and where it is located. If the article is not available in the Archbishop Alter Library, you may request a photocopy of the article from another library by completing an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.


        Tips for Searching Library Databases

        The Mount Library subscribes to hundreds of online databases that you can search for all kinds of information. Here are some search techniques common to most databases that can help you save time and get better results.

        A database is made up of files containing individual records. The data or information within each record is organized in a standardized format. These separate units of data are called fields. The example below shows a record from the ERIC database. Each field is labeled: author, title, subject, etc.

        Keyword Search

        In a keyword search, you enter the words or phrases that describe your topic and the system searches for matches in the fields of all the records. Keyword searching generally returns more records, but not all will be relevant. Consult the database’s HELP for more information about searching by keyword.

        Subject Search

        A subject search is more efficient since it searches for matches only in the subject field. The words and phrases in the subject field list the main ideas of the item described in that record. The subject headings come from a standardized list of terms, called a controlled vocabulary. Consult the database’s HELP for more information about subject searches.

        Search Operators

        Search operators are the words AND, OR, and NOT. When you type AND between two or more search terms, all of those terms will appear in each record retrieved. When you type OR between two or more search terms, records containing any of your search terms will be retrieved. Using NOT excludes the word after it from the results. Consult the database’s HELP function for information about search operators.

        Phrase Searching

        Place quotation marks around search terms to retrieve a phrase or series of words in the exact order you type them.


        Truncation can be used in a keyword search to find different forms of a word. If you are unsure of a word ending or want to retrieve all possible word endings, type the first part of the word followed by the truncation symbol. The truncation symbol varies from database to database; consult the database’s HELP for information about truncation.


        Most databases provide options for limiting search results. For example, you may want to limit your search results by date or by language. These options vary from database to database; consult the database’s HELP for information about the limit function.


          Finding Articles in the Library

            Locating journal articles can be confusing because they are stored in so many different places and in various formats (paper, microfiche, online).

            Many online periodical databases provide links to the full text of journal articles. Before you search FOCUS, check the periodical database for a link to the full text of the article.

            Remember, you can always Ask a Librarian for help.

            The citation is the key to finding articles. The citation is provided by the database and is also the information you list in your research paper's bibliography.

            The parts of a journal citation are :

            • author of the article
            • article title

            • title of the journal

            • volume number

            • issue number and date

            • page numbers

            In FOCUS, do a title search for the title of the journal , not the title of the article. When you find a title match, click on the title with the words PERIODICAL/SER in the "Medium" column beside it.

            If the journal title is not listed in FOCUS, fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form to request a photocopy of the article.

            The top and bottom portions of the FOCUS record provide information about the publication.

            Inside the box in the middle of the record is information for locating the journal. (For some journals there will be a link to the full text of articles.) The box is divided into sections for each location. You may need to scroll down to see all the sections.

            • Identity -- Physical description of the item; paper or microfiche.
            • Location -- Where the item is stored; Journal Area, Microfiche Cabinet, Binding Room, or Group Study Area.
            • LIB. HAS -- The Library has the issues for these years and volume numbers. Beginning and end dates are shown. A dash indicates the range of dates; gaps are indicated by commas or semicolons. "Incomplete holdings" means that some issues are missing.
            • Latest Received -- Lists the date, volume and issue number of the newest issue for this Identity/Location.

            Compare the volume number and date in the FOCUS record with the citation you have. Make a note of the identity and location in the Library. Journals are shelved and/or filed by title in exact alphabetical order--word for word; then by date. The reference librarian can direct you to the appropriate location.

            If the issue you need is not available in the Mount Library, you may request a photocopy of the article from another library by completing an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

            Ask a Librarian if you need more help finding articles in the Mount Library.


              How to get ERIC Documents

              References found in the ERIC database that have "ED" numbers are ERIC documents.  That is, they are non-journal documents, typically research reports, conference papers, classroom guides, or books.

              Look for the "ED" numbers at the beginning of an ERIC database citation.  To determine if the ERIC Document (ED) is available full text, click on the "Find It!" link within the ERIC Database.

              Here are other ways to get ERIC documents:

              1) The Library has a collection of available ERIC documents on microfiche starting with ED256-292 and ending with ED438-901. ERIC documents are filed by ED number in cabinets on the first floor of the Library. Microfiche Reader-Printers are available for viewing and copying.  Remember, you can always Ask a Librarian for help.

              2) In addition, full text EDs may be available by searching the public ERIC (Education Resources Information Center web site.   Full text coverage ranges from Jan. 1993-present.  

              3) An ERIC document that has been published as a book can be located by searching FOCUS, the Mount Library's catalog.

              To determine if a publication is a book, look for the Publication Type field or for an ISBN number in the full citation of the ERIC database record.

              If your search of FOCUS finds no matches, click on the "Search OhioLINK" button. Once you have located the book in the OhioLINK catalog, click on REQUEST THIS ITEM and follow the on-screen instructions.

              4) ERIC documents may be requested from another Library by completing an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

              Ask a Librarian if you need more help getting ERIC documents.



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