If you don't have a specific journal title in mind to search, you can use an online database of citations or full text articles to begin your research. The UCLA Library system has numerous subscriptions to electronic databases covering virtually every discipline and subject matter area. These databases (sometimes referred to as “aggregators”) collect and index thousands of journals (scholarly and non-scholarly), magazines and conference/symposium materials that can be viewed and downloaded in full-text.
There are several ways to begin your database searching:
A NOTE ABOUT SEARCHING ONLINE DATABASES:
While the interfaces and search screens vary depending on the database vendor, the general procedures for searching databases are quite consistent. Most databases, for example, feature a simple or basic search screen as well as advanced search options, allowing the user to search by keywords, title, author and other parameters, however, giving yourself a quick tutorial on search techniques could save a lot of time and help you conduct a more thorough search. Try the UCLA Library's "Choosing and Using Library Databases" guide.
The UCLA Library's Quick Article Search allows you to search across multiple databases at once. This is a very broad search, without advanced search functions, and databases with full-text searching may be over-represented. However, it's an excellent place to start for general research.
The results screen gives you options for sorting and refining your search:
If the article link doesn't bring you to a full-text source, click on to locate a full-text source of the article if availalbe, locate a print version on campus, or request through Interlibrary Loan if not available at UCLA.
If you already know which database you want to search or are trying to locate databases on your topic, the UCLA Library Search page allows you to: