Friday, September 1, 2006

Ask FReD about Finding Full-text Journals

Have a specific article citation or journal title you need for your research? Want to browse a list of available full-text journals, magazine and bulletins dealing with a specific subject? If so, then you need pay a visit to our resident journals guru, FReD. FReD (Fulltext Retrieval Database for E-journals) is actually an online tool that allows you to easily and accurately search or browse the entire collection of full-text journals available within the Empire State College library collection. Currently, this consists of more than 25,700+ unique journal, magazine and newspaper titles.

You can read more about using this tool in our FReD Tutorial.

FReD can be accessed through the library homepage - it is listed in the upper left column, under "Research Databases and Articles."

Use OR to Expand your Search

If you find that your search strategy is not finding enough relevant results or that you are searching for a topic that can be described by multiple keywords, one of the easiest ways to remedy these situations and expand your list of results is through the use of the search operator OR. Think for a second about how we use OR in everyday usage. "Do you want pizza or a sub for dinner?", "Should I wear the green, yellow or blue tie with this outfit?" OR is used to search on ANY of the keywords it connects. However, in crafting a search (and unlike the second example above which uses a comma), you need to remember to put OR between every word or phrase. OR, in the world of searching, is referred to as a "Boolean operator," the same as AND.

Examples:
  • teenager or adolescent or child
  • "child abuse" or "domestic violence"
In the first example, the search will return any result that contains any or all of the terms used: teenager, adolescent, child. In the second example, it will return anything containing either or both of the phrases enclosed in double quotes.The best part is that OR (and AND) are nearly universally accepted in searching. This means this strategy can be used in almost all of our research databases.

Congressional Quarterly Researcher

To find comprehensive information about a current or past political, social or public policy issue, try looking in the Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Researcher database. Here you will find in-depth, unbiased coverage of the important issues of the times.

Search menu options:
CQ Researcher search menuYou can browse the database by
  • date,
  • broad topic
  • specific issue (Issue Tracker)
  • hierarchical index
  • or search for specific keywords (Quick Search or Advanced Search)
Each report includes background, chronology, current situation and outlook, pro and con arguments, and a bibliography for more information.

CQ Researcher Sample Report:
CQ Research sample reportTo access this resource, go to the Library home page (www.esc.edu/library) and click on the "All Research Databases" link in the left column of the page. You will need to type in your college login and password.

New Library Resources

The library has added several new research databases to its extensive resources:
  • APA PsycINFO: 2.3 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles from the American Psychological Association, via EBSCO.
  • Book Index with Reviews: indexing of 3.8 million book titles and access to full-text, searchable reviews for many.
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO): see article above.
  • Education Research Complete: a new EBSCO resource, it features the world’s largest and most complete collection of full text education journals.
  • PolicyFile: from ProQuest, 1995 to present coverage of US policy research.
  • Routledge Reference Resources: includes the searchable Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the dozens more volumes in the Religion Resource.
  • Coming soon!: A single-search e-Book Catalog. Search 7 collections of e-Books at once, including ebrary and netlibrary.
Read more about these new resources in Library News or access them directly from the complete list of library databases at www.esc.edu/allresearchdatabases.