MODULE 4: Articles as Information Sources:


This is the KEY CONCEPT: Whether you are looking for a specific article, or you just want to find a particular journal, you always start by finding out where the journal is.

Earlier in this module, we searched the Business Source Premier database.

Although at that time, we did limit our search (for demonstration purposes) to items that were full text in that database, we did not really need to.

That bears repeating: You do not need to limit your search only to full text items. Articles that are listed in one database (but without the text) may be available, full text, right next door (in another database, or in print at the Library).

Let's see...

This is a listing from the Business Source Premier database. No full text ... what to do, what to do?


The Library has a utility database. It does not contain any journals or any articles, but it tells you where you can find particular journals (and the articles they contain).

This is where you find it (the utility database): It is on the Library's databases page. It is labeled Full Text Journal Search (it tells you where to find the full text of journals).


We know the title of the JOURNAL we want. Remember, search by the journal title, not the article title. There are several ways to search; when you know name of a journal, you can just type it in the search box, or click the letter it starts with, and Browse.


Either way you search, if the journal is in any of the TROY databases, Journal Search will tell you. Keep an eye on the listing ... even if a journal is available online, every issue may not be. For example, availability for the Wall Street Journal begins in 1984. Some journals are embargoed—a term meaning that the most recent issues (typically three months to a year) are not available online.

Journal Search tells us where we can find the Wall Street Journal. It says...

Wall Street Journal.

from 01/02/1984 to present in ABI/INFORM Complete, ABI/INFORM Global, ProQuest National Newspapers Premier, ProQuest Newspapers and ProQuest Selectable Full Text Newspapers.

This is a two-step process...

What we do now is to go back the TROY Databases page, log into one of the databases on the list that Journal Search provided, and find our article.

And here it is (image right)!

We have the text of the article! We learned about the article in one database (it was indexed [listed] there, but we had to go to another database to get the text. While a little work was involved, it was easier than driving to the Library.

No, it is not always that simple.

Sometimes the journal is not online. That's okay, it may be in print at the Library. If the Library is not local to you, Interlibrary Loan service is available.

The way to know if a journal is at a TROY Library is to look in the TROY Library Catalog.

Let's see...

In Module #3 of this tutorial, you learned how to get to the catalog.

This is where you find the catalog! The catalog can be accessed from any of the TROY Library Web sites (Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, or Global Campus), or simply by selecting the Online Catalog link from the "Welcome to Troy University Libraries" main page <>.

All of the campus Library Web sites can be accessed via that same page as well.

Let's say we want this article:

The Flapper and the Fogy: Representations of Gender and Age in the 1920s by Laura Davidow Hirshbein. Published in Journal of Family History, Jan 2001; volume 26: pages 112–137.

Journal Search says it is not available online, so we need to ask the Library Catalog if there is a print subscription in any of the TROY Libraries.

Indeed, it is. Click the thumbnail image to view the full-sized catalog record for the item.

The way you get to the article is to use the Library's Interlibrary Loan Service.


Maybe you just can't find the journal listed anywhere or you need some assistance with any or all of this.



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