Articles are a great resource to use when you need to find a more current perspective on your topic. They are useful as articles commonly focus on one aspect of a broader subject and as a result are more specialized in topic.
Try these databases:
Or find the complete listing of our Social Sciences databases here.
Use our Databases tab to find databases by title or by subject.
Use our Online Journals tab if you know the name of the journal that contains your article. Type in the name of the journal and then narrow done to the specific volume and issue number.
If you know the name the name of the article that you are looking for type it into Google Scholar.
***Simplify the search process by linking McMaster University Library in order to gain immediate access to articles.
There are so many databases to choose from! This video outlines how to decide which you should use.(2:19)
If you are having trouble finding articles remember that research is interdisciplinary. Consider what other subjects may be interested in your topic and check out those databases to find resources.
The goal of a successful search is to retrieve all of the information relevant to a research question without retrieving irrelevant information. This requires creating an effective search string.
1. Identify main concepts from the research question.
2. Brainstorm alternative words and phrases.
3. Create search strings using Boolean Operators.
Learn how to use the Boolean Operators AND/OR/NOT to target and refine your search.
Learn how to format your search using the Boolean Modifiers quotes " ", asterisk *, and parenthesis ( )