Select several databases to search at the same time. [Note: Selecting ALL of the databases is NOT a good idea!] You can also limit your search results to different types of publications, such as scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals.
Here are just a few of the subject databases in EBSCO Collection:
* Academic Search Complete (Always include this one!)
* America: History & Life (U.S. History)
* Business Source Elite
* Communication Source (Communication, Mass Media, etc.)
* ERIC (Education)
* GreenFILE (Environment)
* Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
* Historical Abstracts (World History)
* Legal Collection
* Military & Government Collection
* SocINDEX (Sociology)
+ many more to choose from!
Search Google Scholar from this Guide or through the library's website. Look for "Check OU Access" or "OU Link to Article" links to access articles online via the library's journal subscriptions. NOTE: Google Scholar indexes many types of materials that are NOT scholarly or peer-reviewed, so carefully evaluate everything you find. Use Google Scholar to supplement your database searching.
ABI/INFORM covers a wide range of business, law, and management topics. It indexes all types of periodical publications and news sources, including popular and trade magazines, scholarly journals, and major U.S. and world newspapers.
JSTOR is an archival storage database for some scholarly journals. Note: Only about 5-6% (yes, that's five to six percent) of the e-journals subscribed to by the OU Libraries are stored in JSTOR. To improve your search results, use the Advanced Search option and limit the search to Articles only.
If you try the steps outlined on this guide and still cannot figure out how to access an article, email a full or partial citation, and a link if you have one, to your librarian, Cheryl McCain, and she will help you!
Don't pay to access journal articles that you can most likely get through the OU Library's journal and database subscriptions or Interlibrary Loan!