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English Composition 3: English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

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These are general databases that are useful for lower-division research papers. They contain articles in scholarly journals, newspapers, and popular publications.

Coming Up with Keywords

Not sure which search terms to use? Did your first search get you nowhere? This tutorial will help you find the best articles for your topic!

Using Subject Terms

Many databases will assign subject terms to each article. These subject terms are like hashtags: if you click on one, then the database will search for all articles tagged with that term. This can be helpful if a subject term is slightly different than your keywords. For example, a keyword search for "urban gardens" leads to an article tagged with these terms:

Clicking on "URBAN agriculture" leads to a whole different set of articles, and clicking on "GARDENS" will broaden the search from community gardens to gardening in general.

Note, though, that you'll want to start with a good keyword to find your first set of articles. For more on choosing keywords, see our video tutorial!

Where Do I Get the Full Text?

Can't find the article in full-text? Look for these buttons.

PDF Full-Text will download the entire article:

Or, look for the UC-eLinks button:

UC-eLinks will point you to a database that has the article in full text:

If it's not available full text, you can request it from another library and they will email it to you:

Popular vs. Scholarly Articles

It can be challenging to tell the difference between scholarly articles and popular articles in an online database. This video can help you identify a scholarly article:

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another option to find scholarly articles.

Click on the UC-eLinks button(s) opposite your  search results to access the content full-text through the library.If you don't see    UC-eLinks in your results, click on Settings, then Library Links and select University of California, Los Angeles as your institution. Then input your search terms. You can limit the date range on the left to get fewer, more recent results. Don't ever pay for an article! Ask a librarian for help.

Research Help

Research and Writing Assistance in the Powell Library Inquiry Labs

Need research help? Schedule a free research consultation at the Powell Library Inquiry Labs (room 220) or just drop in 10am-6pm Monday-Thursday, noon-5pm Friday.