Here are some databases and indexes that should be useful in finding articles on the Pacific islands. These resources are licensed so you may need to configure your computer to connect from off-campus.
The UCLA Library subscribes to thousands of periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers--items that are published at intervals with no end in sight). These periodicals may be in print, online, or both. Online periodicals may be part of broader article databases. Articles are great resources for research. Before beginning your research:
If you know already know the name of the journal, search for it in UC Library Search. Type the journal title in the search box. Skip any initial articles at the beginning of the journal title (e.g., A, An, The). Select UCLA Library Catalog (excluding articles) in the dropdown menu on the right-hand side of the search box. Go to Resource Type in the column on the left-hand side of the screen. Scroll down to and click on Journals. The resulting catalog record will give you the call number and location of print journals and/or provide links to the online version. If the UCLA Library does not own the journal, you may borrow it through interlibrary loan.
If you already have the title of a specific article, search for the journal title first (see above instructions).
There are several ways to search for journal articles. You can start with UC Library Search, using the Articles, Books and more option, which searches all the databases the UCLA Library subscribes to. Or you can go to a specific database, such as APA PsycINFO, Academic Search Complete, PubMed, etc.
In either case, start with a keyword search using words relevant to your topic. When you see some articles that look interesting, click on the title to see the complete citation. If there are subject terms or descriptors, click on those that seem related to your topic to get other articles on the subject.
is your link to full-text! Note that some sources only index journal articles—they don't actually have the full text.
For more tips, see our guide on database searching.