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Finding Scholarly Books

  • Encompass Search (Advanced Search)
    Encompass Search finds information by searching through a massive collection of books, as well as scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, dissertations, conference proceedings, music, video, maps, and more. TO FIND ONLY BOOKS, use the Books limit on the left sidebar of your search results page. Many items will be in Trexler Library; note the call number and status of the item to check its location and availability. For items not in Trexler Library, use the Interlibrary Loan button to request a copy from another library.
  • Google Books
    Search a broad selection of books. Access full text of books directly or get a preview before requesting the book from another library using Interlibrary Loan via Encompass Search.

Finding Scholarly Journal Articles

  • America: History and Life with Full Text
    Premier database of scholarly journals and books in US history and related areas. Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, use the Get It links to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
    Premier database of scholarly and trade journals and books in media and communication and related areas. Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
    A database of scholarly journals, trade journals, books, and more in the areas of television and film. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text
    A database of scholarly journal articles, books, book chapter, book reviews, dissertations, and more for world history (excluding U.S. and Canada). Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
  • JSTOR
    A database of scholarly journals for most academic disciplines. The most recent three to five years of most journals are not included. Full text is linked directly in the database.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    A database of scholarly journals and books in literature, language, linguistics, film studies, and folklore. Use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Project MUSE
    A database of scholarly journals for the the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Full text is linked directly in the database.

Finding Popular (News and Magazine) Articles

  • Academic Search Complete
    A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. TO LIMIT TO POPULAR SOURCES, choose NEWSPAPERS and/or MAGAZINES on the left sidebar of a search results page under source types. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Get It links to check for full text online or in the library. Generally covers 1980s to present.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    A database of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, business publications, legal materials, and more. Full text is linked directly in the database. Generally covers 1980s to the present.
 

Getting the Full Text of Articles

To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

- If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

- If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

- If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

 

Following Citation Trails

Track Back

Once you find a good source, scan the citations in the bibliographies to see what sources the author(s) are citing. They are likely citing some other (older) books, articles, etc. relevant to your topic. To do this...

  • Browse the bibliography at the end of your article, chapter, or book.
  • If you discover a citation in the bibliography that looks promising, type the article title or book title in Encompass Search on the library homepage to locate the source in our library or to request a copy from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).

Track Forward

Once you find a good source, it may be helpful to look for other books and articles that cite the source in their bibliographies. A more recently published book or article using your good source could also be relevant to your topic. To do this...

Path 1

  • Check the database where you discovered the source for a "Times Cited in this Database" link.
  • Click the link to see the more recently published sources citing your source in the database you're using.
  • If you discover a citation that looks promising, you may be able to get the full text in the database or by using the Check for Full Text buttons to look for full text in other library databases. If no full text is available, request a copy from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).

Path 2

  • Type the article title, book title, or book chapter tile in Google Scholar.
  • Look for the "Cited by" link just below the description of the source.
  • Click the link to see the more recently published sources citing your source.
  • If you discover a citation that looks promising, you may be able to get the full text by clicking the link in Google Scholar. If the full text isn't available (e.g., no link or you're prompted to log in or pay), type the article title or book title in Encompass Search on the library homepage to locate the source in our library or to request a copy from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).
 

Citing Your Sources

APA, Chicago, and MLA Styles

Citation Guides (Muhlenberg College)
Examples of APA, Chicago, and MLA Styles

Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue University)
APA Style
Chicago Style
MLA Style

Avoiding Plagiarism

Indiana University's plagiarism tutorial also offers helpful information on understanding and recognizing plagiarism, including an overview with basics and recommendations and examples

Need Help with Your Research?

Contact:

Jen Jarson
Social Sciences Reference Librarian
phone: 484-664-3552
email: jarson@muhlenberg.edu

      
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