Online Databases: Magazines and Journals

1) Magazine and Journal Articles
2) Newspaper Articles
3) Literature Resource Center
4) Subject Specific Databases

InfoTrac: Full-Text Magazine and Journal Articles Database

What is InfoTrac?
InfoTrac is an electronic database that indexes articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. Most articles are available in full text.

What is indexed?

InfoTrac OneFile
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

Expanded Academic ASAP
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images!

General Reference Center Gold
A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Health and Wellness Resource Center
Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Business and Company Resource Center
Business and Company Resource Center is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Biography Resource Center
This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography Resource Center also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

It is very important to be able to correctly interpret citations from periodical databases. Although the appearance of citations may vary from database to database, they all have a similar structure with many common features. For example, given below are screetshots from a typical citation from InfoTrac: Expanded Academic ASAP.

This record is divided into fields (categories of descriptive information) and the name of each field is given on the left. Let's examine each significant field:

The art of persuasion in politics (and science).(COMMENT AND OPINION)(Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate)(Book review).
Explanation: title of the article

Subject Terms
Explanation: formal subject headings assigned by EBSCOhost to describe and categorize this article. Click on the subject terms to view other documents relating to the article currently being viewed. "Lakoff, George" is the subject term for this article.

Source Citation:

Skeptical Inquirer
Explanation: title of the magazine or journal
Wolozin, Benjamin
Explanation: name of the person(s) [i.e. author(s)] who wrote the article
Jan-Feb 2007
Explanation: date the journal was published
Explanation: volume 31, issue 1 of the journal
Explanation: the article begins on page 15 in the print version of the journal
Explanation: the article is 3 pages long in the print version of the journal

Full Text: Advocating for science is more important than ever. Funding for many ...
Explanation: full text of the article

Practice Using InfoTrac Step by Step

1. Click on the following link to Expanded Academic ASAP.
Note: If you are connecting to InfoTrac from off campus, you will be required to type in your library card number to access InfoTrac.

2. Do a search by typing the phrase "Genetic Engineering" in the text box. Next, click the "Search" button.

3. Scroll through the "Search Results" page and choose a record. Click the title of a relevant record. The full-text article is displayed when available.

4. To print or email the checked records, click the "Print or Email" icon near the top of the screen.

5. To go back to the "Search Results" page, click the "Results" link near the top of the screen.

Adapted from:
College of San Mateo, LIBR 105: Online Research Skills
Skyline College
, LSCI 100: Introduction to Information Resources

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