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English 102: Finding & Using Articles

Resources for Finding and Using Articles

Where to Find Articles

Quick Search: Access the Library's Quick Search which searches all 526 databases for scholarly articles, newspaper articles, books, book reviews, and more all in one place! Don't forget to log in to easily save items! Quick Search Help: It can be a little complicated - this LibGuide shows you how to use each part of the Library's Quick Search!

​​Other Databases let you search a smaller set of items.  Some popular ones include: 

  • Academic Search Premier: This database is from EBSCOhost which is a familiar interface for many students. 
  • SocINDEX: This sociology database is from ESBCOhost which is a familiar interface for many students. 
  • SCOPUS: This database collects peer-reviewed articles from science, medicine, technology, and social science. 
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice: This database lets users search specific journals focused on criminal justice and the law. 

Helpful Tutorials for Finding and Using Articles 

Selecting the Right Number of Keywords. from Kimbel Library on Vimeo.

 

Research Process Tips from UNLV Libraries on Vimeo.

Reading Scholarly Articles from UNLV Libraries on Vimeo.

Tips for Searching

Narrow/ Focus Your Search

Broaden/ Expand Your Search

"And" or "Not" connector between concepts

Or” connector between synonyms

When to use:  when you want articles about both concepts

"social media" AND "adolescents" will return articles that are about social media in the context of adolescents--this gives you fewer, but more focused results

When to use: when you want articles that can use either one of two similar concepts

"social media" OR "Facebook" will return articles that use the terms "social media" or "Facebook"--this gives you more, but less focused, results

 

Accessing Library Materials From Off Campus

Accessing Library Materials From Off Campus

Requesting an Article from Another Campus

Requesting an Article from Another Campus

If you need an item that UNLV Libraries doesn't have available, you always have the option of InterLibrary Loan (ILLiad). Sometimes in QuickSearch you'll try to navigate to the item you want and instead you'll see a link that says "Request from another library (interlibrary loan)". That means a nearby library will either scan the item and e-mail it to your ILL account OR they will mail the item to UNLV Libraries for you to pick up. 

  • ILLiad Logon: Link to log in, access your items, cancel requests, or see what's going on with an item.
  • ILL Directions: Link to directions helping you get your ILL account set up the first time and using ILLiad. 
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