Find magazine / journal articles for your research. You can search the databases for full text articles. If you are OFF CAMPUS you will have to have your DRURY email account password and login.
Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:
- Index: Includes only the article’s citation information (e.g. author, title, date, volume, etc.). Neither a summary, nor the full-text of the article are available.
- Abstract: Includes the article’s citation information and a brief summary of the article's content. Abstracts do not include the full-text article.
- Full-text: Includes an electronic copy of the actual article. Depending on the database, the article may be available in HTML format, .pdf format (displays the article as it originally appeared in the magazine with graphics and pictures), or both.
Choosing a Database
Article databases provide you with 24-7 access to magazine, journal and newspaper articles via the Internet. To help you identify the most appropriate database for your topic/subject:
- check with your instructor to see if there is a database they want you to utilize.
- check to see if there is a DGuide that covers your subject area or topic.
If you don't find any references on your topic, ask yourself:
- Is my spelling correct?. Remember, British and American spelling is different: e.g. use both "colour OR color" in a search.
- Is this the best database for my topic? Librarians can help you.
- Have I typed in a whole sentence, rather than keywords with AND or OR as linking terms?
- Is my topic too recent for a database search? Journal databases may take a while to index the articles. Perhaps a newspaper article would be best?
- Have I narrowed my search too far using ANDs: e.g.
"ergonomics and office and equipment and United States"
If you don't find any useful references on your topic, ask yourself :
- Have I used OR (for 'either/or') when I should have used AND (for 'as well as') e.g."greenhouse effect or united states" instead of "greenhouse effect and united states?
- Are your terms too broad: e.g. 'transport' rather than 'railways'? Begin with very specific terms and broaden them if you need to.
- Check a Thesaurus or the online Index for the database. This lists all the subject headings used by the database to categorise articles; e.g. an education database uses "elementary education" rather than the term "secondary education" to describe articles about high-schools.
HUGE HINT: Always check the database's Help for search suggestions. Each database is slightly different.
For general research your can start with these databases:
The Library subscribes to many print magazine, journal and newspaper titles.
Use our Journal Finder to see what we have; online and print.
The most recent issues can be found near the West Wall. Back issues can be found on the main floor to the rear of the library; they are filed alphabetically.
If you come across an article you need for your research, and the Library does not provide full-text access to it in print or electronic format, request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
ILL requests can take up to 2 weeks to process, but generally costs nothing.