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When searching your topic try a variety of subject headings for the same idea e.g. teenagers, adolescents, youth, juveniles

Note the names of authors writing extensively on your subject. Then do an author search to search for other articles they may have written

Use search connectors, AND, OR as part of your search terms. When using AND and OR in the same search string, the OR clusters must be in parentheses ()  e.g. (teenagers or adolescents or juveniles) and (substance abuse or drug abuse)

Use the Journal A-Z List on the library home page if you want to browse a particular journal title.

    Finding Journal Articles


The databases below are subject guides to journals, magazines, newspapers, and so on. For more choices see the Library home page.

Note: Already know the specific journal you want? Use the Journal A-Z List.

  • SocIndex with Full Text (SIFT) (EBSCO)
    -Coverage: all areas of sociology including criminology and criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, social development, social work, substance abuse, violence, etc.
    -Considerable full text
    -Abstracts from as far back as 1895; some full text from recent years
  • PsycInfo
    -Some full text of journals and book chapters in psychology and related disciplines
    -Selected topics: motivational and behavioral assessment, social psychology, community mental health, sociological factors affecting behavior, ect.
    -Cited references: show citations or links to full text journal articles citing previously published items
    -Dates of coverage: 1872+
  • Humanities and Social Science Retrospective
    -Predecessor to SIFT covering older core social science journals
    -Citations only. No full text
    -Dates of coverage: 1907-1984
    -Excellent full-text database covering hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities including most of the mainstream sociology journals
    -Coverage begins with the first issue but does not include the last 1-7 years
    -Dates of coverage: varies by title
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic
    -Full-text articles from worldwide newspapers, media transcripts, newsletters, journals, etc.
    -Especially important for current news stories and topics dealing with a particular geographic area
    -Dates of coverage: varies by title
  • Academic Search Complete(EBSCO)
    -Large, interdisciplinary, full-text database covering a selection of journals from every field
    -Coverage varies by title with some pdf content dating back as far as 1887
  • EBSCO (articles on many subjects)
    -Simultaneously search any combination of 20+ available databases such as SocIndex Full Text, PsycINFO, Child Development and Family Studies, ERIC (education), etc.

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