Types of Article Indexes
Like you learned in Module 1 that there are general
and subject encyclopedias, there are also general and subject article indexes.
Both have value, depending
on what you are searching for.
To determine if you need a general article index, consider the following questions:
If so, start
with one of the general article indexes.
your topic general or cross-disciplinary?
- Is your topic currently
in the news?
- Do you need background
on your topic?
- Are you able to use more
popular sources in your research?
General Article Indexes
General article indexes cover a wide range
of subjects and often index a mixture of popular
and scholarly sources. This is often a good place to
begin research. Examples of general indexes and the kinds of articles
they identify are:
Academic Search Elite, an EBSCOhost database, covers virtually every area of academic study and contains full text for more than 2,000 journals.
Readers' Guide Full Text, a Wilson Web database, indexes and abstracts from more than 400 popular journals. Some are available in full text.
ProQuest Newspapers provides the Full text
of 300+ state, U.S. and international news sources.