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Basic Research

To Find Journal and Magazine Articles (using indexing/abstracting/full-text services)

The following services are recommended for use by first-year students and non-majors:

  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)  
    These three (see below) all-subject services, a part of the EBSCOhost system (a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet or direct connection) feature indexing and abstracting of many journals and magazines WKU Libraries receives in hardcopy, plus a large selection of articles in full text.
  • EBSCOHost Databases  
    See above.
  • MAS FullTEXT Ultra (EBSCOhost K-12)
    See above.
  • Google Scholar  
    A free Web-based Google service that restricts searches to the scholarly literature. Now features linking to full-text of articles held by WKU.Social Sciences Index: A paper product that indexes a good number of social sciences-related journals REF AI3 .S62 (April 1974-).
  • Sociological Abstracts  
    Contains abstracts since 1953 from journals, books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers in sociology and related social and behavioral sciences. Since 2001, many records also include cited references from the source article.
  • Sociological Collection (EBSCO)
    A database of nearly 570 full text titles; more than 500 are peer-reviewed.
  • Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
    Social sciences full text covers concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. More than 350 key international, English-language periodicals. Indexing of periodicals provided from 1983-current, full text coverage starting 1995.

Advanced Research

  • American Mosaic  
    includes The African American Experienceand The Latino American Experience, which can be searched individually or together.
  • JSTOR  
    Provides the full text/full image web access of the complete archival collections of over 150 (and growing) core scholarly journals up to the most recent three to five years.
  • Reader's Guide to Periodicals 1890 to Present  
    Contains all information from the printed Readers’ Guide annuals in a single database. Over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines (many peer reviewed). Also includes PDF full text from the Wilson Library Bulletin from 1914 to 1983. Subject headings have been updated with modern terminology, although the original subject headings are also available.

First Search

These four FirstSearch-based databases are available to graduate students and faculty, and to undergraduates by special permission:


    Special Resources

    • TDNet Electronic Journal Finder  
      Special resource: use to access Libraries' electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as some indexes and databases containing full-text articles; includes a comprehensive A-Z listing of titles
    • KenCat  
      Special resource: [A searchable catalog of the collections at the Kentucky Library & Museum. KenCat includes manuscripts, letters, sheet music, photographs, museum exhibits, images, journals, and books.]

    Subject Guide

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