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This guide is created for CHIN 410 to introduce library resources to students for writing a final paper on a Chinese linguistic topic.
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Key Database

Scholarly Journals vs Popular Magazines 

  • Academic Search Complete  
    A general database that indexes popular magazines and scholarly journals. Contains many full text articles. Coverage varies.

Also Try

  • ArticleFirst  
    Identifies articles from publications in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index  
    Contains citations for arts & humanities journals, spanning 1975-present.
  • Google Scholar  
    Enables you to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research, with links to some full-text items.
  • Humanities International Complete  
    Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world.
  • IngentaConnect  
    Hosts scholarly books and journals in a broad range of subjects. Some full-text is available.
  • JSTOR  
    Includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
  • MasterFILE Premier  
    Contains nearly 1,950 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues, etc.
  • Military & Government Collection  
    A collection of periodicals, academic journals, pamphlets, and other content related to military and government.
  • OmniFile Full Text Select (Wilson)  
    A multidisciplinary database providing full text with every entry from more than 1,600 publications.

Search I-Share @ Morris Library, the library's catalog

Search books, journals, government documents, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and music scores.

Search I-Share @ Morris Library


Can't find it at Morris?

  • I-Share @ Morris Library
    Search and request books from colleges and universities all over Illinois. Your library bar code number is your network ID (siu + dawg tag number).
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Request books that you can't find at Morris Library or through I-Share. Books are delivered to the first floor circulation desk at Morris Library.
  • WorldCat Search
    Worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions. If you find a resource in WorldCat, check in I-Share to see if you can order it. If not, try Interlibrary Loan.

Dissertations and Theses




Evaluating Your Search Strategies

Here are some tips if you found too much information, too little information, or the wrong information in your search.

Too Much Information

1.  Try looking at an irrelevant record your search retrieved

  Can you figure out why the database gave it to you? Did you use one word that the computer misunderstood? See if you can use a more specific term or maybe a short phrase that excludes the meaning you don't want. Try adding a new term which makes your old term more specific.

  Instead of  Japan and economy

  Try  Japan and economy and (auto or automobile or car)

2.  Check where in the record your search terms matched.

  The best matches for topics are in fields like Subject or Title. Look for an Advanced or Expert Search option in the database to search in specific fields only, if you can.

3.  Use limiters when they're available.

  Will the database let you ask for publications only in English? Can you ask for only peer reviewed journal articles? Want more recent information? Is there a subject heading that covers your topic? Can you get rid of book and film reviews? Play around with your options and see if they help. Try using the Boolean operator NOT.

  (Iran and Iraq) not war

  Hussein and not Saddam

  Clinton not Lewinsky

  +Jazz –Utah


Too Little Information

1. Did you spell your search terms correctly?

  Research databases are remarkable tools, but they don't come equipped with spell checkers. One misspelled word can sink an entire search. Check a dictionary.

2. Get rid of long phrases.

  When you type in a phrase, all the words must appear in exactly that order before the database will give you anything. Some databases automatically put the Boolean operator AND between the words you type, turning your phrase into a long Boolean search string.

  Instead of  discrimination against ethnic Chinese in Vietnam

  Try  discrimination and ethnic Chinese and Vietnam

3.  Try using alternative terms.

  That's what you gathered all the extra vocabulary for. Don't forget truncation or wildcards for variant forms of a word. Read help document in a database for more specific instruction.

4.  Try to come up with broader terms for the idea you need.

  Every so often, it happens that there's very little written on a specific topic, but a lot on the general area.

  Very narrow recombinant DNA and sheep

  Narrow  cloning and animals

  Broader  genetic engineering and animal*

  Very broad  genetic* and animal*


The Wrong Information

1. Check the coverage of the databases you're using.

  Do they cover the kinds of material you need? The right discipline(s)? The right kinds of documents? The right dates?


2. Check the Research Guide for your subject


  Linked under Find > OneSearch Beta > Databases by Subject on the Library's homepage, for recommended resources.


Citation Resources

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