ENG 2100T: Writing I - America - the 20th Century - Decade by Decade

Databases - Scholarly Journals and Magazines

Databases - Popular Magazines

How to Search a Database

First, Choose a Database. Databases have subject strengths. At Newman Library browse a list of databases by subject.

Then, Brainstorm Keywords - Most databases, unlike Google, don't use a single search box where you enter a string of words. Instead break your research question down into one or more concepts. Develop keywords to describe each concept.

Boolean operators (or logical connectors) -- AND, OR, and NOT-- are used to link keywords in search statements.  Boolean operators are used to broaden or narrow a search. 

AND Keywords combined with AND will retrieve records only where both terms appear.

AND is used to narrow a search

Example:   Avon AND market share 

OR Keywords combined with OR will retrieve records where either one or both terms appear.

OR is used to broaden a search 

Example:   hmo OR health maintenance organization 

Truncation – Truncation allows you to search for plurals or other variant endings of a word. Add a “wildcard” symbol to stand for one or more characters at the end of the word stem.

Example: Downsize* will retrieve downsized or downsizing

Example: wom*n will retrieve woman or women

Be Careful: cat* will retrieve cats, category, catastrophe

Tips for Using Databases

Use library databases to find credible and scholarly articles. Use more than one database.

Create a list of keywords (terms) that describe your topic, and use these keywords when searching the databases.

If you do not find articles with your keywords, try searching again with alternate terms and synonyms/ antonyms.


What is Find It!

Find at CUNY

When a database does not include the fulltext of an article, use the Find it! @ CUNY button.

Find it! will link you to the fulltext if it is available in another database.

If the article is not available through Find it!, request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Articles will be sent to your Baruchmail within 1 to 3 days.

Connect from Off Campus

If you are off campus, use your Baruch Username and Password to connect to the databases.

Contact the BCTC Computing & Technology Help Desk for problems with your user name or password.