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POLS/INTS 480 Senior Seminar: Other ways to search

Databases

Some database are not searchable in Search@UW  or have special features that are not replicated in Search@UW.

Users can always go search the orignal database format using the library's Database A-Z or reviewing the database by subject catergory.

For this class you may find these databases useful, they are not searchable in Search@UW

      Legislative Insight

      Lexis-Nexis Academic   (law reviews are contianed in Search@UW). LNA contains a deep backfile of newspaper articles

      New York Times (historic backfile)

      Proquest Congressional, contains Congressional Hearings and documents

      Wall Street Journal (historic backfile)

Most content is covered in Search@UW but the orignal interface has special features

      America History and Life   

      Political Science Complete

      Historical Abstracts 

Cited Reference or one good article can lead to other good articles

Cited reference searching is a method of finding articles that have cited other published research. There is a direct subject relationship between a source article and its references. Because many databases index each citation listed in a bibliography, it is possible to search the cited references. It is possible to follow a particular cited reference, or cited author, forward in time to find more current articles that have also cited a particular publication.

         Web of Knowledge or Web of Science of the Citation Indexes

Some other database support cited reference searching. Generally a user must go to the advance search or perform a cited reference search.

Academic Search Complete
America: History & Life
Business Source Premier 
Google Scholar
JSTOR  (usesGoogle Scholar) 
Historical Abstracts
Political Science Complete
PsyInfo/ PsyArticles
Sociological Abstracts

Google Scholar

If you are using Google Scholar for research from off campus go to the library's Databases A-Z find  Google Scholar and sign in.

This sounds silly, but this permits you to access all of the UWRF licensed full-text.  Google Scholar will try to send you to  publisher’s web sites which often seeks payment. 

Other Google search tips

  •        bind exact phrases in quotes (use this technique in Search@UW too)  
                      "to be or not to be"  will retrieve far fewer and more relevant search results than  to be or not to be
  •         use the drop down menu for other ways to focus you search
    •    this menu is under the wheel in regular Google

Research strategies that do not work

  • feverishly searching the exact phrase you submitted as a topic without altering the language
  • not following the instructions
  • doing your research on a smart phone in a moving car
  • doing your research at the last minute
  • going free style rather than using APA (or what ever style manual your instructor has indicated should be used for an assignment)
  • using The Force
  • citing The Onion in your biogliopgrahy
  • Plagerism