Library Catalog: Using The Research Databases
To look for citations to journal articles or the full-text of articles in a variety of subject disciplines, choose the “Research Databases” option on the main Library Catalog page. This will provide you with a comprehensive alphabetical list of over 185 databases available through Case Western Reserve University to authorized affiliates (including those
available through OhioLINK, the CD-ROMS and SilverPlatter). Clicking on one of the subject headings (for example, Social Sciences) will take you to a subset of databases most appropriate for that topic area.
Remember that the way in which you search for journal citations will vary for each of the databases. Each of them, however, will allow you to combine keywords to find material on your topic. Identifying concepts related to your research topic is the best way to prepare for doing online database searching. Using a thesaurus can help you select those concepts. Many of the databases will also have an online thesaurus or index to assist you in choosing correct terms for that database. To help you organize the key concepts in your research statement prior to doing your database searching you might wish to use our Search Concept Worksheet [PDF].
Searching in most of the databases will lead you to just the citation and abstract (or summary) of journal articles. Some databases, however, provide the full text of the journal article. Icons next to each title in the list provide keys to the content and access points for each database.