Choose a database to search. NYU Libraries subscribes more than 1,300 databases. To help you choose the most relevant database(s) for your topic, the "Articles & Databases" page is structured into four sections:
Search within the database. Here are some useful tips:
Databases do not understand natural language, so it's best to provide them with an explicit, straightforward "search statement." The sample search statement below contains three tips for searching within databases:
"emotional intelligence" AND (success OR achieve*)
Sometimes you have a citation for a specific article, perhaps provided by your professor on the course reading list, for example:
Gentile, B. (2012) The effect of social networking websites on positive self-views. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(5), 29-33.
To find the article, it helps to understand the parts of the citation. This is the same citation as above with each part labeled:
Gentle, B., Twenge, J., Freeman, E. [authors] (2012) [publication year] The effect of social networking websites on positive self-views: an experimental investigation. [title of article] Computers in Human Behavior, [title of journal] 28(5), [volume & issues numbers] 1929-33. [page numbers]
Having grasped these distinctions, we're ready to look for the article.
Start on NYU Libraries home page and click the "citation tool" link. On the citation tool form, enter the citation parts into the respective fields. You might not need to fill in every field, but it's best to include at least the article title, journal title, volume, issue, and year. If your citation has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), that is the only field you need to fill in. (This citation example does not include a DOI.)
Because EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is a huge aggregator of content, it can be a good tool for finding specific articles. Type the title of the article into the search box. If the article is found by EDS, it will provide either an internal full text link or the gray "NYU" button, which will link out to the full text on an external platform.
Sometimes your research is enriched by drawing from several types of information -- such as background, scholarly, news, and opinion pieces. The slideshows below can help inform your search approaches.
Credo Reference is an online collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographical sources, quotations, bilingual dictionaries, and more covering topics from the arts to the sciences. Use the player to view this brief 8-slide tutorial.
CQ Researcher, a useful source for current issue topics, providing a collection of reports covering political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy. Use the player to view this brief 9-slide tutorial.
ProQuest Central is a multidisciplinary database covering all subject areas. Use the player to view this brief 9-slide tutorial, describing how to locate scholarly journals.
On the Articles & Databases page, select the subject category relating to your topic. Then select a database from the list. Most subject-specific databases focus on scholarly and specialized resources.
ProQuest Central is a good database for news sources. Use the player to view this 5-slide tutorial to find out how to locate news.
ProQuest Central is a good database for mainstream articles, such as magazines. Use the player to view this 6-slide tutorial to find out how to locate magazines.