When you need to find a scholarly journal article in a database, do you know what that means? For an explanation about scholarly sources visit the Peer Reviewed Sources 101 blog here. As for databases, well, there are many things we can say about databases but for the sake of simplicity keep these things in mind:
1. Databases are accessible from the library’s webpage under Databases A-Z. Some examples include, JSTOR, IEEE, and PsychInfo.
2. Databases provide access to sources like, journal articles, magazines, and newspapers. Hence, as tools their function is as collections where faculty and students go to find academic materials.
3. Unlike search engines such as, Google and Yahoo, whose content is available from any computer with Internet access, many databases require a paid subscription by the UofL Libraries to access–this is why when you’re searching in databases from an off-campus location login with the ulink I.D is required.
Here are a few places to begin your search for scholarly articles:
It’s a favorite among students and faculty due to its reputation of being a main hub for scholarly materials. The majority of journal articles and book reviews are available in the PDF full-text. JSTOR is useful for locating information across a range of topics including, education, history, religious studies, and the humanities.
Related databases: Academic Search Premier, ProQuest, WorldCat Local
Use this database when searching for information on psychology, nursing, social work, and linguistics. One useful feature is the option to limit searches based on research methodology such as, empirical, quantitative, and qualitative studies. Coverage of items published range from 1887 to 2012. Citations and summaries of book chapters, dissertations and technical reports are also included.
Related databases: Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, CINAHL, MEDLINE
Really! What does Google have to do with scholarly sources or databases? Well, at times, quite a bit. Google Scholar is also a useful place to find scholarly journal articles. What’s great about this is many of the articles are accessible in the full-text and are linked directly from the library’s databases.
You can find more subject specific databases on our Subject Guides page here. If you still have questions about finding scholarly sources contact an Ekstrom Reference librarian at (502) 852-6747.
We’ll be glad to help you!
Newspapers represent a medium where readers can experience more of the native flavor of places like Louisville or New York. The dialect of the people, events, and local stories of daily life are covered in ways that is sometimes beyond the reach of content found in magazines or journals. African American newspapers are part of this rich tradition.
The first African American newspaper published was, Freedom’s Journal in 1827, according to the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 (p. 182). Developed with an emphasis on reporting about life in the black community, black newspapers became a platform not just for local news, but served the “social, moral, and intellectual” activisms of its day (Finkelman, 2006, p.182). As a result, black citizens were able to stay informed; a noteworthy point considering the various periods of hostility in America, whether politically or socially, toward African Americans. While, the flow of information today is not as restricted as those that marked the Antebellum and post-Civil War period of the 19th century, and Jim Crow during the 20th century, the function of current publications of African American newspapers remains similar to those in previous centuries.
Availability of African American Newspapers in the UofL Libraries:
- Available in Print and on microfilm.
- Weekly African African newspaper published in Louisville, Kentucky in 1933.
The Louisville Defender photographs collection is also available in the Photographic Archives, located on the ground floor of the Esktrom Library. Or, call them at (502) 852-6752.
2. African American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century
- Available online in the Databases A-Z listing under the letter ‘A’.
- Full-text narratives of African American life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Coverage from newspapers such as, Freedom’s Journal and the Frederick Douglass Paper, are included.
3. African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
- Available online in the Databases A-Z listing under the letter ‘A’.
- Full-text coverage of cultural life and history of African Americans in the 1800s.
Additional resources:4. The Frank L. Stanley, Sr., Papers 1933-1985 Frank L. Stanley Sr. was editor, general manager, and publisher of the African American newspaper Louisville Defender for thirty-eight years. Includes Stanley’s personal papers from the period while he was editor of the Louisville Defender, as well as office records of the Louisville Defender newspaper. Location: University Archives & Records Center, Ekstrom Library, 4th floor 5. Book: Pride, A. S. (1997). A History of the Black Press. Howard University Press: Washington, D.C. Call Number: PN 4882.5 .P75 1997 Location: Ekstrom Library, African American Collection, 2nd floor 6. Book: Finkelman, P. (2006). Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: From the colonial period to the age of Frederick Douglass. Oxford University Press: New York. Call Number: PN 4882.5 .H87 1992 Location: Ekstrom Library, Reference stacks, 1st floor
According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), a cruciverbalist, is a person who compiles or solves crossword puzzles; a crossword puzzle enthusiast.” Yes, just like the cartoon guy in the picture on the right. For all the word lovers or those looking for a quality English dictionary, you can find this word and many others in the Oxford English Dictionary online in the library’s Databases A-Z list under the letter “O”; as in oblectation.
The OED is also available in print. Just take this call number, PE1625.O89 1989, and ask for it at the Ekstrom Reference Desk on the first floor. We’ll be glad to help you find the book on the shelf.
Happy word sleuthing!
Are there any WildCat fans in Cardinal country? Well, having an experience with Big Blue Nation does not always require a drive to Lexington–in fact, it’s just a few clicks away. The Kentuckiana Digital Library (KDL) has a large Collection of University of Kentucky trading cards. Published between the 1970s and 1990s and sold as a set or in packets at the time, on the backside you can find statistics, biographical information, or trivia. The physical cards are stored in the University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections repository.
In the KDL you can find much more from historic kentucky newspapers like, the Courier-Journal and the Hickman Courier, to oral histories of Anne Braden and Harlan Hubbard, along with maps, images, and various documents. And, they are all digitized collections that serve to enhance to your pursuit of scholarship, research and lifelong learning about Kentucky and beyond.
In the meantime, enjoy taking a trip back down memory lane by viewing trade cards from the likes of Melvin Turpin, Kyle Macy, Pat Riley, Rex Chapman, Kenny ‘Sky’ Walker and others. Go Big Blue!
For more information about the collection and access and use policies click here.
Professors often steer students away from sources like, Google and Wikipedia, because of the likelihood in finding unreliable information. Instead, they want you to use things called, “peer reviewed” sources. But, why?
Well, peer reviewed sources are works produced by people just like your professors–they are educators and scholars. And, they are known by other names like, scholarly, refereed, and academic journals. So, what is the benefit of using peer reviewed sources when you can quickly put something together from a Google search?
Here are some ways using peer-reviewed sources can pay off in your academic life:
1. Build Your Reputation. Peer reviewed sources carry with them the reputation of being credible (legit) and reliable. How much more will your academic performance be considered as such when you utilize peer reviewed sources for research papers or presentations? It also demonstrates to your professors that you’ve taken the time to be critical about the types of sources utilized.
2. Graduate Studies Preparation. Much of the work done by graduate students requires finding evidenced-based research, empirical studies, and conducting literature reviews. The bulk of these types of sources are found in peer reviewed sources—Ka-ching!
3. Google Scholar-It! Yes, you can find peer-reviewed sources in the Libraries databases (e.g., JSTOR, Academic Search Premier). But, you don’t have to do away with Google as a student altogether. Try Google Scholar. Here you can find books and peer reviewed articles; many of them, are linked directly from the library’s databases. This can be a real time saver.
4. Make Decisions with Confidence. Peer reviewed sources are packed full of things like, charts and graphs. Then, there are References lists that can direct you to other sources on the topic. Even more, is the technical terminology that can help you as beginner researcher learn the lingo of the discipline. This level of comprehensiveness gives you confidence in being certain that the source is useful for what you need.
For more information about peer reviewed sources visit our Magazine or Journal? page.
Do you need an online source with coverage on women’s history? The UofL Libraries now has access to the database Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. The collection includes items such as, full-text sources, bibliographies, primary source documents, and reviews for books, films, and websites. You can search by keyword, title, or various browsing options by movement, people, and more.
Topics in this collection include:
- Feminists - Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan, Frederick Douglass
- Biographies - Abigail Smith Adams, Annie Oakley
- Politics – Populist Party, League of Women Voters
- Social Movements – Women’s Suffrage, Ending Violence Against Women
This collection is located in our Databases List under the letter “W”. For questions about this database please contact the Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian, Toccara D. Porter by email or phone at 852-6747.
Did you know the Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library is searchable from any computer with Internet access?
Inside are digitized documents related to U.S. Colonial History including, the Virginia Gazette, and other manuscripts from the Foundations collection. Coverage is from 1680-1930.
American Song is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America’s past. Songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, anti-war protests, the Civil War, and more are included.
Do you need a better method for organizing your bibliographic citations? EndNote can help! This first workshop will show you such things as, how to create manual references and exporting citations from a database into EndNote.
Classes are limited to 10 people. Click here to register for any of the sessions.
Visit our EndNote LibGuide or call the Ekstrom Library Reference Desk at 852-6747 for more information.