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Finding Full-Text Articles

When you are searching in the Library's databases look first for a link to a PDF filePDF file.

If no PDF link is available look for the Get it button.
This button allows you to:

  1. See if the article is available online in ANY of the Library's databases, not just the one you are using.
  2. Search the Library's Catalog to see if the article is available in the library (if it is not online).
  3. Automatically do an interlibrary loan request if the article is not available online or in the library.

Recommended Databases

  • Alt-Press Watch  
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    Provides an alternative to corporate-controlled media at the national and local levels. Subject specific publications and grass roots media are included.
  • ComAbstracts  
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    Contains abstracts of articles and books published in the primary professional literature of the communication(s) field. It provides comprehensive coverage of the communication discipline's first line scholarship.
  • Communication Abstracts  
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    Is a comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications on an international scale.
  • CQ Researcher  
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    Is a topical weekly publication that explores a single "hot" issue in-depth. Each weekly report seeks to be an objective, balanced treatment of the topic and runs approximately 12,000 words.
  • Academic Search Complete  
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    This is a largest multi-disciplinary database to which an academic library can subscribe. It contains 9,000 full-text journals (with 7,850 of them peer-reviewed). Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
  • Education and IT Digital Library {EdITLib}  
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    offers peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and conference papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of educational technology and e-learning.
  • Facts On File: World News Digest  
    Brings together and enhances more than seven decades of domestic and international news.
  • Gale Directory Library  
    Is a platform which allows researchers to use traditional print directories like a database and sort and export data to analyze or generate mailing lists.
  • Issues & Controversies  
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    Offers in-depth articles on current issues.
  • Lexington Herald-Leader  
    Contains all of the news, features, sports and entertainment articles written by the staff at the Lexington Herald-Leader and provided by the major wire services.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic  
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    Offers numerous databases for law, news, and business.
  • Nation Archive  
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    Offers the full-text of the complete run of The Nation, which has been a consistently progressive journal of opinion for its entire run. It provides an unbroken historical timeline of progressive political thought since the Civil War.

Other Databases

  • ABI/INFORM Research  
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    Business information from articles appearing in professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines published worldwide.
  • Business Source Premier: BSP Interface  
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    Offers indexing and abstracting for nearly 2000 business periodicals along with online full-text for nearly 1300 of those titles -- which include a number of scholarly journals. The BSI interface offers easy access to company, industry, country, and market reports.
  • Cambridge Companions Online  
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    The Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics collection offers comprehensive and accessible essays written by experts. The authors are placed in literary and historical context; their major works are analysed, either in separate chapters or grouped according to theme, and their influence on later writers assessed. The generic and topical Companions cover periods and genres.
  • Dissertations & Theses: Full Text  
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    Indexes doctoral dissertations accepted at accredited U.S. institutions since 1861. It selectively covers Master's Theses, Canadian dissertations, and British and other European dissertations going back to 1637. Nearly half of the records link to the full-text document.
  • ERIC  
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    Indexes and abstracts thousands of education-related materials. It includes journal articles, books, theses, curriculi, conference papers, and standards and guidelines.
  • Films on Demand  
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    Is a large multi-disciplinary collection of streaming video.
  • GPO Federal Digital System  
    Contains records for most non-technical, unclassified government documents. It evolved from the printed Monthly Catalog (MoCat) of the Government Printing Office.
  • Learning Express Library  
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    Provides practice tests and test preparation guides for many of the most common standardized tests. It also offers courses, e-books, and practice tests for improving basic skills along with job search and career development.
  • Project Muse  
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    Is an online archive of scholarly journals. Articles are searchable in a number of ways and may be viewed as web pages and in some cases as PDF files.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight  
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    Draws upon multiple sources to offer a database of authoritative statistics that cover a range of topics.
  • Public Affairs Information Service {PAIS International}  
    Indexes the literature relating to public administration and public policy. Coverage is selective and international.
  • Social Explorer  
    Provides access to historical U.S. Census data. It includes reporting and mapping tools.
  • WestlawNext  
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    Offers comprehensive full text of statutes, case law materials, public records, and other legal resources, along with current news articles and business information.

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Peer Review

What is Peer Review?

It is the quality control system for scholarship.  It means that articles in a peer-reviewed journal must be scrutinized by experts before they are published.  SYNONYMS = 'academic', 'juried', 'refereed', 'scholarly'.

How can you tell when something is peer-reviewed?

1) When you are looking at a print copy, of an entire issue of a journal, the editorial board of scholars with academic credentials and institutional affiliations will be listed somewhere.  These are the 'peers' that review each published article.

2) Use a check box limit in your database search (when available).

3) Consult Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. (Search on the source title NOT the article title.)  An icon of a referee's jersey will indicate that the journal is peer-reviewed.


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