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Faculty Guide: Finding Articles

Connecting From Off-Campus

The library gives you free access to hundreds of databases, making it easy for you to find scholarly articles, credible news reports, online books, & more. Most can be accessed from off-campus by following the links on our site & then entering your name & 7-digit College ID.

Not sure what your ID number is? Go to MYCSTATE & use the link for "Look Up Username/Reset Your Cincinnati State Password" to retrieve it. Watch our "Looking Up Your College ID" video for more instructions.

Popular Databases for Research

These are just a few of the places you can go to start your research. For more databases, visit our Databases A-Z  guide.

Searching Google Scholar

If you're working from off-campus, be sure to set your Google Scholar settings so that they link to the full-text of articles owned by Cincinnati State. It's easy! Watch the video at the right for directions & some Google Scholar tips, or follow the instructions below.

  • Start at Google Scholar
  • Click the "Settings" link
  • Click on "Library Links"
  • Type "Cincinnati State" in the search box
  • Check the box next to Cincinnati State's result, then "Save"
When searching, you'll see a link for "Find It!@CinState" if you have access to the article through our library. If you're off-campus, you'll need to enter your name & 7 digit college ID to connect. Once connected, look for the .pdf link to open the full-text article. Good luck!


Problems viewing? Watch it on YouTube.

Are you on-campus? Start your Google Scholar search below!


Search Tips: Articles

“And”, “Or”, “Not”(Boolean Operators): Use the words to narrow or expand your search results. For Example:
 

  • “Morrison” AND “symbolism” will return results that contain BOTH of the terms.
  • ”criticism” OR “review” OR “interpretation” will return results that contain at least one of the terms. Useful for words with similar meanings.
  • ”cinderella” NOT “rock band” will return results that do NOT include the 1980’s rock band, Cinderella.

Truncate using the asterisk (hold the Shift key & the 8 key at the same time) to get results that include all possible endings of a root word. Fo example:
 

  • "symbol*" will retrieve symbol, symbolizes, symbolism, etc.
  • "devia*" will retrieve deviates, deviant, deviance, etc.

Brainstorm words or concepts that are similar in meaning and use those as search terms. If you find a good resource, look at the “Subject Headings” or “Descriptors” listed and use those as additional search terms.

Bibliographies/References/Works Cited pages are great ways to find additional resources. You can search by title in the library’s Catalogs and/or Databases.

Watch & Learn: Academic Search Complete

Follow the Step-by-Step Tutorial or watch the video below.

Problems viewing? Watch it on YouTube.

 

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