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Kelly Cannon
Humanities Librarian
phone: x3601


    Getting the Articles

    To get the full-text of an article:

    If you are in a library database with "Get-it" buttons, click on "Get-it." This button will take you the full text of your article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, interlibrary loan the book or article.

    If you have citation information for the article (journal title, year, title, etc.), type the information about your article in the article finder on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article. 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. Look to the far right of the article's title to see if there is a link to a freely available copy.


      Finding Entries in Reference Sources

      Encyclopedia of the Paranormal
      Reference 133.03 S819e

      Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience
      Reference 503 S553s v.1-2

      • Credo Reference
        Many reference sources online in one place.
      • Encyclopedia of Anthropology
        This five-volume Encyclopedia of Anthropology is a unique collection of over 1000 entries that focuses on topics in physical/ biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural/social anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Also included are relevant articles on geology, paleontology, biology, evolution, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology.
      • Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
        Covers recent and historical phenomena, topics, concepts, cults, personalities, organizations, and publications associated with the fields of occultism and parapsychology. Includes over 2,000 biographies of prominent individuals and personalities in these fields; country entries on the development of occultism and parapsychology; and pro and con narrative on some of the controversial topics.
      • Wikipedia
        A communally-written encyclopedia. Anyone can edit or contribute an entry, at any time. Excellent for locating controversies on a topic and getting ideas for research papers. The bibliographies often point to scholarly resources. Not itself a scholarly source per se, with no authority control. Compare with Scholarpedia.

      Finding Books

      • Encompass Search
        Encompass Search searches for books and other resources, first in our own library, and then beyond, in other research libraries.
      • GoogleBooks
        Google has digitized millions of books, some of which are freely available online. Muhlenberg affiliated atrons of Trexler Library can interlibrary loan books not freely available as full text.
      • WorldCat
        Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe. Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon. Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.

      Finding Articles

      • Academic Search Complete
        Large and diverse database that covers most academic disciplines that contains both scholarly and non-academic resources. Includes many articles in full text.
      • Google Scholar
        May be used in conjunction with interlibrary loan. Access to full text is maximized by searching from the Muhlenberg network.
      • JSTOR
        Searchable collections of full-text journals from a wide variety of disciplines
      • Philosopher's Index
        Indexing of journals and books of philosophy from 1940 to present, with links to full text.
      • PsycINFO
        Indexes and abstracts professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines.
      • ScienceDirect College Edition Health and Life Sciences
        This database includes 1000+ full-text Elsevier journals in the areas of health and life sciences. Coverage spans 1995 to the present.

      Search engines

      Citing Your Sources

      For information on citation styles, consult the following resources:

      Writer's Handbook (University of Wisconsin--Madison)

      Trexler Library handouts on APA, MLA, and Chicago styles:
      GETTING THERE: Library Homepage -- Citation Guides (in the Research box).


        Articles via interlibrary loan

        Journal articles not found in Trexler Library can be ordered on interlibrary loan.


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