All Monmouth University students, faculty and staff have access to subscription databases on campus.
Remote access to databases requires entry of username and password (same as email) for verification.
Scholarly and peer-reviewed articles report on new research. They are published in discipline-specific academic journals in order to make such information available to other scholars and academics.
Search Google Scholar for scholarly full-text materials available in addition to those you locate in HawkFind. Follow links to the right of search results to view full article when available. Check out the video below (created by Concordia University) for search tips!
Use these to continue research and target more resources specific to topics explored in this course.
Use Journal Locator to determine whether the MU Library has access to a specific journal or magazine. The article you want may not be available in a database, but could be available in print. Print holdings of journals can be found on the Library's lower level. These are shelved alphabetically by title. Click here to view a Journal Locator Tutorial.
Use the word "AND" to combine your keywords to make your search more specific, e.g. "substance abuse" AND "domestic violence."
Use synonyms and alternative or related terms - broader or narrower - to expand your relevant results, e.g. "teenagers" | "adolescents" | "youth"
Use truncation "*" to search for words with common roots without entering them individually, e.g. searching for teen* retrieves "teen," "teens", "teenaged", "teenagers." Use the "star" symbol (hit "shift" key + 8) to add truncation to your search term.
You can limit search results in many databases to academic/peer-reviewed journals, by publication date, or full-text only.
There are several ways you can save your research work as you move through your project:
Create an account within a database (JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, Credo, etc.) and save articles to folders.
Send individual articles to yourself, print them, save to a thumb drive or upload to Google Drive using the database widgets provided. These will look slightly different depending on the database, and are typically found when you open up individual articles. You can also download a PDF if it's available. Here's what the widgets look like in the Ebsco databases:
Create an account in Zotero or NoodleTools. Not only will you be able to save articles here, but you can keep lists of search terms, book titles and other resources types, and there are templates that help you create your paper and/or bibliography. There are tools to create documents for all major styles/formats (MLA, APA, Chicago Style, etc.).
Create an account within MLA Style Center or Academic Writer (APA Style). There are tutorials and templates to help you create your paper and/or bibliography using MLA/APA style. Use Chicago Style Online for Chicago Style format.