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CITY 360: Borderlands (BMC)

CITY 360: Topics in Urban Culture & Society: Borderlands (Reyes)

Finding Full-Text Articles

When you're searching a journal article database, sometimes you'll see a link to a PDF right away. If you don't see the direct full-text link, click the find it button from Tripod button to see if you can get this article through the Libraries' journal subscriptions.

If you run into difficulty, let a librarian know.

Choosing Search Terms

Choose search terms that you expect to find in written documents about your topic. 

If you're looking for secondary sources (including journal articles or books written by scholars), use the language you would expect to find in a scholarly publication. 

If you're looking for sources aimed at the public (newspapers, TV news transcripts, blogs), use more colloquial language when searching.

Especially when researching in political science, keep in mind that individuals with different opinions on an issue may use very different language to discuss it.  For example, think about who uses the term anti-choice and who uses the term pro-life.  

Here are some other ideas to consider:

  • Synonyms, technical terms
  • Transliterations and alternate spellings
  • Alternate or historical place names (e.g. Beijing / Peking)
  • Maiden names
  • Initials and full names
  • British spellings
  • Spellings and terms in use during the time period or in the region/country
  • Abbreviations vs. full words

Once you have found a few sources on your topic, take note of the language that is being used and incorporate it into your search.

How to Find Relevant Journal Articles

Journal article databases like JSTOR and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts let you find articles written by scholars and published in academic journals.

Subject Guide

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