Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 123

The best indexes to articles on specific topics are generally found in our subscription databases.  These allow you to search hundreds (sometimes thousands) or journals at once, specifying keywords, subjects, geographic limits, date limits, etc.  The complete list of our databases (alphabetically with descriptions) is at http://library.sacredheart.edu/databases; some databases suggested for various subject areas are listed at http://library.sacredheart.edu/databases-subject.  A reference librarian can recommend particular databases depending on your area of research.

Another valuable tool with which to find research articles and papers is Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en).  Google does not provide direct access to subscription journals, but does provide links to those that have been found on public websites.  If you are on the SHU network, Google will also show links to those articles identified as being in our databases.  A reference librarian can help you locate full text of other articles retrieved via Google Scholar.

Some important indexes and abstracts are available in print on the lower level of the library, for example, the New York Times Index and the Art Index.  These are more cumbersome to use than the online tools, but can help you access resources not included in the online databases.

Reference librarians are available for research consultations to assist you in developing a comprehensive search strategy.  

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