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Cluster M1: Food: A Lens For Environment and Sustainability

Article Search Tips

A quick introduction to searching for academic journal articles in databases:

The Library's online subscription resources can always be accessed from computers and wireless networks on campus. However, off-campus access is restricted to current UCLA, students, faculty, and staff who have set up their computer using one of the following methods.

Citation - A brief introduction

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1. Why cite?

Watch this quick video for an overview of why citation really matters.

2. Determine your citation style.

Check out the submission guidelines or assignment prompt to determine the proper citation style. When in doubt, ask a researcher in the field, the instructor, or a librarian for help.

3. Use a citation tool.

Check out ZoteroEndnote, or Mendeley to keep track of your articles and create citations. You can also use the citation tools in many databases. Check out our guide to citing sources for more information.


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Databases and Example Article Searches

Example searches in Academic Search Complete:

  • Subject: Food - searches for scholarly articles where "Food" is listed as a main subject of the article.
  • Subject: Food  AND Keyword: Food History - searches for peer-reviewed articles where "Food" is listed as a subject of the article and "Production History" is a keyword.

Example search in GreenFILE:

Example search in AGRICOLA:

Example searches in PAIS International:

Example Searches in Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management:

Examples of searches in ScienceDirect:

Example search in America: History & Life:

Example searched is JSTOR:

Example searches in Historical Abstracts:

Example searches in Anthropology Plus:

What is a Peer Reviewed Article?

A scholarly article is written by scholars, for scholars. It's how researchers share new theories, the results of experiments, and other aspects of their work. This process is called scholarly communication.

Here are a few things to look for when searching for scholarly articles:

  • They're peer reviewed. This means that other researchers read an article and tell the editor of a journal whether or not to publish it.
  • They're not as flashy as magazine and newspaper articles. This means no gratuitous pictures, and very few ads.
  • They're often not available through Google. Many scholarly articles are copyrighted and only available in library databases.
  • You have free access to them! If you're having trouble finding an article, or it's asking you to pay, come talk to a librarian--we'll get it for you.

Is it peer-reviewed?

Finding Full Text

Accessing Full Text Articles 

UC-eLinks icon is your friend! Many article databases only identify journal articles—they don't have the full text. Use the gold UC‑eLinks button to find the full text, or search for the journal title in the UCLA Library Catalog.