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College Composition and Reading: Article Databases

Class guide for Community College of Denver's College Composition and Reading classes.

General Article Databases

Tips for Searching Article Databases

Learning to use databases can be challenging...but fortunately, once you learn to use one database, your skills will help you use other databases. Use the tips below to search article databases effectively. Start by entering keywords into the search boxes and see what pops up! 

  • Organize your research topic into concepts. Concepts are typically nouns or noun phrases. For example, if you are researching the effect of electric cars on the environment, your concepts might be:
    • electric cars
    • environment
  • Using the article databases listed on this page, enter each concept (and its synonyms) into a separate search line.
    • "electric cars"
    • environment*
  • Use quotes around phrases
  • Use * for truncation
    • environment* will find environment, environments, environmental
  • Limit to peer-reviewed articles IF your instructor asks you to.
  • Limit by date IF your professor requests articles from a specific date range.
  • Too many or too few results?
    • Run a new search using different terms. Try anything - you never know what might work!
  • Find an article that looks interesting?
    • Click on the article's title.
    • Read the abstract.
    • Look at the subjects or keywords and run additional searches using these terms.
  • Find the full text of an article by clicking on the HTML Full-Text, PDF Full-Text, or the 360 Link Check for Full Text button  The 360 Link...
    • Take you directly to the full text.
    • Take you to a page that indicates we have online full-text in a different database. Click the database link to access the article.
    • Take you to a page that says Auraria Library does not have online access to this journal volume/issue. On this page...
      • Click "Search Skyline by Journal Title" to determine if Auraria Library has the journal in PRINT form. This will search the library catalog for the JOURNAL title (not article title). You will need to determine if Auraria Library owns the year and volume of the journal that contains your article.
        • No print holdings? On the previous page, click "Request article via online Interlibrary Loan" and a PDF copy of the article will be emailed to you. You will need to create an Interlibrary Loan account before requesting material via Interlibrary Loan.