Answered By: Woodruff Library Reference
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 156

  • You won't find articles using the "Catalog" tab in discoverE. Searching on the catalog tab will find our journal titles, but NOT the articles IN the journals.
  • Finding articles requires using discoverE's "Articles" OR "Combined Search" tabs, OR using databases -- library tools that index the contents of journals. Emory has access to over 600 databases, most of which contain scholarly journal articles and/or citations to articles.There are databases that cover multiple subjects, and databases that focus on specific subjects or disciplines. For example, the database, PsycInfo, contains articles and other materials primarily related to the field of psychology.

What's a good place to start looking for articles in scholarly journals?

  1. Try the "articles" tab on discoverE. The default search on the articles tab is searching TWO databases, Academic Search Complete and JSTOR, which can help you find a good selection of scholarly articles in many academic subject areas. You can also select a subject, like "history" or "visual arts" and search a few selected databases in that subject area.
  2. Try the "combined search" tab on discoverE. You will be searching everything from the "catalog" tab as well as the Primo Central index, a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources.
  3. Use the Databases page to locate the best database for your research topic.  To find a list of databases for your subject, click on the first dropdown menu next to "Find by Subject," choose your subject and click the "GO" button next to the box. You will get a list of databases, including a "Try these first" selection.
  4. Google Scholar searches the contents of some of our databases and covers many disciplines and sources. See Google's About Google Scholar for more information.

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