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Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

Request materials online via:

Selected Databases

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • International Political Science Abstracts
    International Political Science Abstracts includes citations and abstracts of journals in political science. Simultaneous user limit: 4
    Coverage: 1951 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)  Icon  Icon
    CIAO is a source for theory and research in International Affairs. Includes working papers from university research institutes, papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. Source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes.
    Coverage: 1991 - Present. Updated: Monthly.
  • Global Issues in Context
    Global Issues in Context is a non-U.S. centric resource that provides information and analysis on a variety of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health and cultural issues, from a global perspective.
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Social Sciences Full Text covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, including the literature of anthropology, economics, geography, law and criminology, political science, social work, and sociology. This database is full text and peer reviewed.
    Coverage: 1983 - Present. Updated: Daily.
  • History in Context - U.S.  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
    History in Context - U.S. contains United States history from pre-Colonial times to the present. Full text and citations of articles from journals, magazines and newspapers; reference works; primary source documents; time lines; historical maps and atlases. Contains primary sources. Contains audio and video clips of historic speeches and events.
    Updated: Regularly.
  • History in Context - World  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
    History in Context - World covers 20th century world history, Ancient Mediterranean, Ancient Near East and Asia as well as the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the modern Middle East and Latin America. Full Text articles from journals, magazines and newspapers; reference works; primary sources; a graphical time line, research guide, historical maps and images. Contains images.
    Updated: Regularly.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
("health care" OR "medical care") AND (law* OR bill*)
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