Information found in Research Databases

It will give you the information you need to find articles on your topic. Below is a summary of the content you will encounter as you search for articles.
 

Citation

Citation

Citations give you the necessary information to track down a copy of the journal article. While they do not give you the actual article or summary, they give you the journal title, volume, and issue, which you can then search for in the Library catalog. The information also includes the title of the article and the publication date.

Below is an example of an article citation, in proper APA format, found in an online journal:

Groza, V., Komarova, N., Galchinskaya, L., Gerasimova, A., & Volynets, L. (2010). Ukrainian adoptive families. International Social Work53(1), 19-31. doi:10.1177/0020872809348945

You could then search International Social Work in the Library Catalog to find a print copy of the article “Ukrainian adoptive families.”
 

Abstract

Abstract

An abstract is a brief summary of an article. Abstracts can save you time by helping you identify whether an article relevant to your topic or not. Here is the abstract for the above citation:

Abstract: This is the first study of successful adoptive families in Ukraine; 365 adoptive families were surveyed about their experiences. This article describes child and family demographics as well as provides a discussion of the various issues encountered during the adoption process. Implications for policy, practice and future research are outlined. (PsycINFO Database Record © 2010 APA, all rights reserved

 

Full text

Full text

The complete electronic text of an article is called full text. Some databases, like Academic Search Complete and SocIndex, provide entire articles online. Most full-text articles have been published within the past couple of decades. Older full-text articles are harder to find.

There are a few databases that provide full content, which includes the article plus any graphs, charts, or pictures; otherwise, you will need the print copy from the library to see any images.

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