Journal Articles

Journal Articles Databases

Some databases are discipline-based, some are multidisciplinary and some are collections of journals by one particular publisher.  A balanced social science research paper attempts to consider an issue from several angles, for instance, feminist, Canadian, sociological.

Conduct searches in these databases:

At Web of Science, you can search all subfiles at Web of Science, or select the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) specifically, to reduce the number of non-social-science results.  To select SSCI on the search page, click on MORE SETTINGS, then uncheck all boxes except:

Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) --1956-present

Also consider multidisciplinary databases and publisher's journal collections such as

Refining Searches in Databases

Each database has its own way of organizing the information contained in it, similar to using subject headings in the catalogue.  After you perform a keyword search and find a good candidate article, check the record for the article for "subjects", "subject headings" or "descriptors" (which are the names used by different database providers for these tags).  Some databases will allow you to refine your search results using these tags.  You can also perform searches using these tags (select Subject in the drop-down list to the right of the text area in the search box, rather than doing a keyword search or a full text search).  This will help you to focus your search.

In Gender Studies Database, the subject headings are related to those used in the catalogue.  If you find one that works in the catalogue, try it in one of these databases -- and vice versa.

Obtaining the Text to a Journal Article

Journal articles databases are intended to make you aware that certain articles exist but not necessarily to provide you with the text to the article.  This should be considered a separate step.

In databases where the full text is available, it is usually indicated with notation PDF Full Text and the Adobe PDF icon, or by the wording HTML Full Text and an image of a page of text.  Click on the icons or text to download a copy of the article.

Where the text of the document is not available, the GetIt! icon is usually displayed.  Get It! is a service that takes the citation information for the article and maps it to what it knows about our subscriptions.  It provides a list of places to go in order to get the full text.

When you click on Get It!, you will receive a list of places to go to access the full text of the document:

In some cases, GetIt! will tell you that no full text is available.  Before you request it via Interlibrary Loan via RACER, try looking up the name of the journal (not the title of the article) in the catalogue.  Our coverage is changing constantly and GetIt! is not always up to date.  As well, GetIt! can only tell you about online subscriptions -- we may have a print subscription that will meet your needs.

Consult the information in the catalogue record to select a subscription that covers the year (and volume and issue) in which your article was published.  Follow the link to the journal's web site.  Drill down to the article, by selecting the right volume, then with in this volume the right issue.  Scan the table of contents for the issue to find your article.  Download the article document.

Obtaining the Text from a Print Subscription

Most of our print subscriptions have been relocated to the storage facility.  You will have to request the correct volume to be returned to the Library using the Hold/Request button.  You will be notified via email when it is available at the Library Services Desk.  You cannot borrow the print volume; photocopy the article in the Photocopy Centre on the first floor of the Library.

Content last reviewed: June 28, 2018