Cardinal Cushing Library
FAQS: FAQ Collection: Article Databases


Search FAQs




1. access databases off campus

These databases are licensed for the exclusive use of enrolled Emmanuel College students, College Faculty, and Staff. Remote access is available for most of the Library's subscription databases with an Emmanuel Portal username and password.

For all databases, click on the database title to access the login screen and enter your Emmanuel Portal login information. If you do not know your username and password, first click on "Find My Username" on the login screen. Then once you know your username, click on "Forgot My Password" on the login screen to reset your password.

If you cannot set or reset your password, please notify the Emmanuel College Helpdesk. The Library cannot set or reset passwords.

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2. evaluate a resource

Consider the following when choosing resources for your paper:
1. Authorship and Authority (Gibaldi 41-45)
~ Author Credential information:
[Note: In some cases, an organization or corporation may be responsible for a work.]

  • Educational degrees such as PhD, MD, etc.
  • Affiliations such as schools, research facilities or other organizations; and
  • Work experience.
~ Publisher and publication information:
  • Scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed journal articles undergo a higher level of screening by experts in the field prior to being published.
  • Publishers may be associated with educational institutions such as universities or national professional organizations such as American Psychological Association.
2. Accuracy and Verifiability (Gibaldi 41-45)
~ Bias or point of view
  • Look at the author affiliations or publication affiliation for potential sources of bias.
  • Note the wording of the work including the tone.
  • Note how thoroughly the author explores differing opinions.
~ Verifiability
  • Determine if the author has citations backing up any claims within a work.
  • If there is a question concerning the information, see if other sources are claiming the same thing.
3. Currency (Gibaldi 41-45)
  • The date of publication may affect how accurate it is. Certain types of information such as scientific writing have a shorter shelf-life than others. An older article on current trends in heart surgery would not be a credible source. However, an older English literature essay may or may not be a good source.
  • The date of publication may have an affect on point of view or bias. For example, an article on feminism from the 1950s may present a biased account.
Reference:
Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.
New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Print.

See also, How do I evaluate a web site?

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3. find articles using the Library's online databases

Databases provide access to articles published in journals, newspapers and other reliable sources, often with full text.

  • Access either a specific database using the Select a Resource drop-down menu in the bottom-left column of the Library homepage, or click on A-Z List of Databases for a complete list of all databases. 
    Tip: When starting your research, try the Multidisciplinary databases as they cover a wide variety of topics.
  • Off-campus users will be prompted to enter their Emmanuel Portal login information for access to the databases.
General Searching Strategies:
  • Identify keywords that best describe the different components of your topic.
  • Use AND to narrow your search to articles containing all search terms entered.
  • Use OR to widen your search by retrieving articles containing at least one of the alternative search terms.
    Tip: Put parentheses around alternative words and quotation marks around phrases.
     
Example search for finding information on high school science education in the United States: (secondary OR “high school”) AND science AND (education OR curriculum) AND “United States”   Tips:
  • Explore the limiting options such as Published Date and Peer-Reviewed (See How do I find peer-reviewed articles?).
  • Explore searching for your terms in different field(s), e.g., Author, Title, Subject, and All Text, to see how it will affect your results. If your search returns few or no results, you might try searching for your terms in All Text.
  • Note: Different database interfaces may offer different limit and search options. Search limits may only be available on Advanced Search screens.
     
Sample search in Academic Search Premier: The Select a Field (optional) default option searches the title, author, subject terms, and abstract in Academic Search Premier.
  Example of an Advanced Search in Academic Search Premier
See also the Library Tutorials and FAQ: How do I access the databases off campus? Reference assistance is available in person as well as by phone at 617-735-9927, or by email at reference@emmanuel.edu.

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4. find peer-reviewed articles

A peer-reviewed article is reviewed and evaluated by experts in the field who make "recommendations concerning acceptance or rejection, and revision of the article" prior to being selected by the journal editor for publication (Peek & Newby, 1996, 110).*

When searching the Library's subscription databases, read the database descriptions to determine if it contains only peer-reviewed materials (e.g. Science Direct, JSTOR).

If a database contains both peer-reviewed and popular articles, choose the peer-reviewed limit to retrieve only peer-reviewed articles. The peer-reviewed search limit may only be available on the Advanced Search screens as seen in the screenshot below.

Example of an Advanced Search in Academic Search Premier

*Peek, R.P., & Newby, G.B. (Eds.) (1996). Scholarly publishing: The electronic frontier.
 Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

(See also How do you find articles using the online databases?.)


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5. find the full text of an article from a citation

The Full-Text Finder allows you to get from an article citation directly to the full text of any article that is available through our more than 50 subscription databases.

  • From the Library Home Page (http://library.emmanuel.edu), select the Full-Text Finder under the Articles section of the Library Resources.
     
  • Enter the journal title in the text box and click on Search.
    Note: For the citation below, Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy is the journal title.

    Monk-Turner, Elizabeth, et al. "A Content Analysis of Violence in American War Movies." Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy 4.1 (2004): 1-11. Academic Search Premier. Web. 11 August 2011.
  • The results list will include the available from dates for each database if you click on the '+' symbol next to Full Text Access. For off-campus access, enter your Emmanuel Portal login when prompted.
If full text is not available, place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article.  An ILL request may take 2-3 weeks to fill depending on the availability of the item.

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6. handle browser security warnings

If your browser displays a security warning when accessing an Emmanuel database:

Internet Explorer:
If you see There is a problem with this website’s security certification with a red shield and an “X,” click on Continue to this website (not recommended).
  Mozilla Firefox:
If you see Security Connection Failed with a yellow and black figure:
1. Click OK on the alert pop-up.
2. Click “or you can add an exception.
3. Click Add Exception. An Add Security Exception pop-up window will appear.
4. Click Get Exception and, then, Confirm Security Exception.
Note:If an error page appears, repeat the process.
  Google Chrome:
If you see This is probably not the site you are looking for!, click on  proceed anyway.

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7. request books or articles from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

See the Library Interlibrary Loan Policy.

8. search Google Scholar; link to Cardinal Cushing Library Resouces; export to RefWorks

To link to available Cardinal Cushing Library resources in Google Scholar, you have two options:

  • Go to the Library homepage  and select Google Scholar from the Quick Links to Resources drop down menu.

      OR
     
  • Follow these steps:
    1. From the main Google Scholar page (http://scholar.google.com), select Settings in the upper right corner.
    2. In the left menu, select Library links.
    3. In the search bar, type Cardinal Cushing Library and click blue search button. Select Cardinal Cushing Library – Full text@Emmanuel Coll. from the results and Save. 
       
Search Strategies in Google Scholar:
  1. Use Boolean operators when searching.
    Use AND/+ to narrow search results (automatically applied to multiple terms), OR to broaden them,  -  [negative sign] to exclude terms, and quotation marks to search for exact phrases.
  2. To access the Advanced Search, click the downward-pointing grey arrow inside the search bar to open Google Scholar’s advanced search feature, which allows for further searching options including searching by author or specific journal. You can also limit to a date range and searching for the search terms within the item title.

  Exporting Google Scholar citations to RefWorks:
  1. From the main Google Scholar page (http://scholar.google.com), select Settings in the upper right corner.
  2. Under the Bibliography manager heading, select Show links to import citations into, and select RefWorks from the drop-down menu.
  3. Save your preferences.
  4. Now, under each article citation in search results, one of the options in blue text will be Import into RefWorks.
  5. If using a public computer, remember to log out of RefWorks when finished.  Alternatively, under an article citation, click on Cite in blue text.  In the window that appears, click Import into RefWorks. If you have set Google Scholar to import to RefWorks, the Cite option will be under More.


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