COMS 151: Public Speaking Library Resources: Find Articles

Search library databases for articles in journals, magazines and newspapers

Step 1: Create a Search Strategy:

Step 2: Search a Library Database:

Start here:

OneSearch 

Search box on the Library home page is used to search across most of the Library’s article databases and the Library catalog for books and media. Good for general topics requiring different resources and/or to get started. Watch our video tutorial or read the FAQ to learn more about OneSearch.

Note: multiple keywords  are searched as if the Boolean "AND" was implied between the keywords, unless quotation marks are placed around exact phrases.

Use the Advanced Search to include synonyms or related terms by entering them in the separate boxes with Boolean OR in between them to broaden search results, AND to narrow.

Example #1 using Basic Search:

  • officer involved shooting race 
    • [This is the same as entering officer AND involved AND shooting AND race.]

Example #2 using Advanced Search:

  • "police shooting"
  • OR "officer involved shooting" 
  • AND race 
    • [Put quotation marks around exact phrases; enter synonyms in separate boxes and select "OR" in between; Include additional keywords with AND" in between them.]

For more newspaper articles, try this:

ProQuest Newspapers

Full text for 500+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of 150+ major U.S. newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Click the More Search Options link from the main search screen to reveal choices for limiting by Document Type, such as editorial, speech, and review. Need more news sources? Watch this video: Finding Newspapers

For more resources, try this:

Gale Power Search

Locate articles in magazines, academic and scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, and news sources. Also includes reference books, Web sites, and multimedia resources.  "Viewpoint essays" on controversial issues (pro/con arguments), which are good for persuasive speeches, are also included in the "books" results. Watch this video to learn how to use Gale Power Search.

Step 3: Locate Articles

If the database does not provide full text for the article you found, click the Find Text link or button Find Text button to see a menu of choices for locating the full text in another library database, in hardcopy through the library catalog, or obtain a PDF from another library through Inter Library Loan.

Step 4: Still can't find articles on your topic? Ask a Librarian for help!