Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Research Process: More Help Finding Articles

Today, discussion on the Research Process continues.  In our previous post, we talked about the different types of periodicals available; the ways in which the articles they contain are geared toward different audiences; and how this target marketing can influence the information you choose to support your research.   Now, we’ll look at the actual process of “Finding Articles” –searching and accessing these sources using online periodical indexes offered through the OhioLINK Research Databases.

Our participation in the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) allows Davis Library to offer students, faculty and staff at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College access to hundreds of electronic research databases.  Many of these resources index (list) citation (author, title, publisher, date, etc…) and other descriptive information on various periodical articles.  Links to the full-text for the actual items may also be provided when available.

To get to these resources from the Davis Library Home Page, which is found at, use the “OhioLINK Research Databases” link under the “Find Articles” heading.  From the OhioLINK Databases page, you’ll be able to see all databases “Listed by Subject,” “Listed by Type” or “Listed by Name.”

When trying to determine which database to search, consider the subject of your topic... 
  • Another example would be using the various databases listed under either the “Education” or “Psychology” links, which can be found too through the “Listed by Subject” link, to search for articles to support your research on the different aspects of working with special needs children.

One particular database that we often recommend as a starting point for most students enrolled in our beginning composition classes is Academic Search Complete.  The easiest way to find this resource from the OhioLINK Databases page is to click on the “A” link offered just below where it says “Listed by Name.”  It should be the first item in the alphabetical listing of available resources.

Academic Search Complete is designed specifically for academic institutions and covers a broad spectrum of literature from multiple disciplines.  Immediate access to thousands of full-text periodical articles as well as other sorts of documents is provided through this comprehensive online resources.

For step-by-step directions on how to best utilize this valuable research tool, see video tutorial below.

(Please note:  Some of the information on in the video tutorial above may be a little dated, however, the search process demonstrated is essentially the same as what you'd use now.  Davis Library now utilizes LibGuides by Springshare for all of its Research Guides, which may be accessed at:

Remember the OhioLINK Research Databases have restricted access, so login is required when working with these resources from off-campus.  For more details on this authentication process, watch the video below. 

Now, if you’re unable to find the article(s) you want full-text via OhioLINK or in print or microform format through the Davis Library’s Periodical Collection, then you may want to give our traditional Interlibrary Loan services a try.   

Be sure to include your contact information along with all of the article’s citation details.  That's the work's author, title, publisher, date, etc…  If the item is available, we’ll let you know in about week to ten days of submitting your request.

Need more help finding articles?  Check back with us here soon as our series of posts on the Research Process continue.  Then, as always, please feel free to… “Ask Us!

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