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Open Access Databases & Free Resources
Tips When Searching for Articles
Begin by going to the Databases tab on the library home page and choosing a database in the alphabetical list. I've listed some recommended databases here.
If you find that the article you are looking for is not available online, don't be too concerned. Not everything is available electronically. With the title, issue number, year, and page numbers in hand, check out the UNT Library Catalog. Do a journal title search and check to see if our library holds a print copy. If not, you can put in a request from another library using our Interlibrary Loan ILLiad system.
Boolean logic is used to search most databases. By using connecting terms like AND, NOT, and OR searches can be broadened or narrowed.
Below is a brief tutorial, (0:27) explaining how Boolean logic works.
This last video is a lighter take on Boolean logic, (6:54). Along with a good laugh, the video provides expert information on how to properly conduct a search using a database or search engine.
Recommended Library & Information Science Databases
EBSCOhost acts as a "one stop shop" by providing access to over 91 EBSCO databases which can all be searched simultaneously. Dates covered range from 1997 to present day. Library and Information Science Source, Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective, Library, and Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text are all good resources for SLIS students.
Library & Information Science Source (LISS)
Library & Information Science Source formed by the merger of Library Literature & Information Science Full Text and LISTA Full text. Indexes articles and book reviews from English and foreign-language library and information science journals. Also indexes books, chapters in conference proceedings, library school theses, and more. Contains full-text books. Covers librarianship, classification, cataloging, censorship, children's literature, copyright, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management preservation, reference, web sites and more.
Cabell's directories of publishing opportunities
Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities The Directories contain addresses, phones, e-mails, web site addresses, and guidelines and submission information for over 4,000 journals in Business, Economics, Education and Psychology. The Directory helps users choose journals by topical coverage. It also provides manuscript and publication guidelines, as well as descriptions of the review processes for the journals included. Dates of Coverage: Current
Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Information Science & Technology Abstracts is a leading database in the areas of information science. ISTA indexes journal articles from more than 450 publications plus books, research reports, and conference proceedings and patents, with ongoing comprehensive coverage of the most important periodicals in this field. Coverage dates back to the mid 1960s
Library and information science abstracts
Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA) Abstracts Library and information Science periodicals from more than 68 countries and in more than 20 different languages. Many full-text documents are available through article and e-journal links. Dates of Coverage: 1969 to current.
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)
This journal publishes original research that focuses on the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information, and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes. Works of empirical, experimental, ethnographic, conceptual, historical, socio-technical, policy-analytic, or critical-theoretical nature are included. JASIST also commissions in-depth review articles (“Advances in Information Science”) and reviews of print and other media.
Using Find Articles
If you have a particular article you are trying to find, the Find Articles tool is an excellent option for quickly locating the article. Here is a quick tutorial on using this tool. For a complete tutorial, see the Find Articles Workshop classpage.
- Go to the Library homepage. Notice that the Online Articles tab is already selected.
- Click on Advanced Search. This will take you to the Find Articles search page.
- Fill in the information you have on the article (author, title, volume, issue, etc.) and select Search.
If your article is not retrieved, double check your search for spelling errors. One little mistake and your article will not be retrieved!