Saturday, March 6, 2010

Academic Search Complete

A few months ago, we highlighted the Academic OneFile database as a resource for researching high-quality, scholarly information from different journals in various academic disciplines. Joining our family of article databases is Ebsco's Academic Search Complete. Through this database, you will have access to even more full-text articles from peer-reviewed and scholarly journals covering a wide range of multidisciplinary subject areas. To give this database a test run, follow these steps:
1. Go to the SFPL Home Page and under the eLibrary tab, select "Articles and Databases." You will need a San Francisco library card to access the databases from outside of the library.

2. Scroll down the list and select EbscoHost Magazines MasterFILE Premier.

3. Next click "Choose Databases" and then select Academic Search Complete:

4. In the search box, enter a topic such as "health care reform":

5. After running your search, you'll find a list of articles from an assortment of journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and conference reports. Notice that you can modify your search terms by clicking the terms on the left panel or adjust date ranges by using the slider on the right panel.

Academic Search Complete represents one of many electronic database you can access with your library card. This database contains over "7,100 full-text articles, including nearly 6,100 peer-reviewed journals." Subject areas include, but are not limited to astronomy, biology, engineering and technology, ethnic studies, psychology, women's studies, and more. As an added bonus, many articles come in PDF format dating back as far as 1887.

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