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REL 105: Religious Literacy - Trainor (Spring 2021)

Find Articles in Journals and Magazines

Article databases (sometimes called indexes) let you search multiple publications (such as magazines, journals, and newspapers) for articles published. Some databases are specialized and others are general. A multidisciplinary database covers a variety of topics  A subject-specific database provides access to a deeper well of journals in that field - more so than when you use a multidisciplinary database which has only selected journals in a variety of fields.

The boxes below contain a selected list of multidisciplinary databases and guidance on selecting the most useful subject-specific article databases that are most closely aligned with your chosen field of study. For the most wide-ranging picture of how your topic was covered in the periodical press, you will want to make use of both multidisciplinary and subject indexes in conjunction with one another.   

  • AND - narrows a search by combining two or more terms. All terms must be present.  Example: mindfulness and classroom
  • OR - broadens a search by combining synonyms or alternative forms of words. Any of the words must be present. Write down any commonly used alternatives to/synonyms for your search terms and connect them with or   Example:  teaching or classroom
  • Phrase Searching - sometimes you may need to enclose a phrase in quotation marks (e.g. "public policy") in order to make sure the words are searched as a phrase.
  • Truncation/Wildcard - you can usually use a wildcard character at the end of a word (or its root) to search on a term and its variants all at once. Most databases use the asterisk (*) as the wildcard (aka truncation symbol). Examples: mindful* will retrieve results for  mindful, mindfulness  ;  meditat* will retrieve results for meditate, meditation, meditating
  • Search Limits - you can often limit searches by document type (Article), language (English) and date ranges before you search in order to maximize your useful results.
See also the "References" section (pp.231-257) in the back of Mindful America by Jeff Wilson for additional books, book chapters, and articles.

Interlibrary Loan

If the library doesn't own a book or article that you need, you may request it from another library via Interlibrary Loan. This service is free for UVM students, faculty, and staff. An article is delivered electronically and usually arrives within a few days. Book requests are generally filled within a week.

If you are making a request for the first time, you will need to register for the service before making a request. View a brief video on this page for instructions on how to register.
Find more details and a link to the request forms. There is also a link ("ILL/DD" green button) on the Library homepage.


Article Databases - Multidisciplinary

How to Find Subject-Specific Article Databases

A selection of multidisciplinary article databases are listed above, and you may be familiar with some, e.g., JSTOR, Google Scholar, etc. However, the library provides access to dozens and dozens of subject-specific article databases, some of which are core to a particular discipline, e.g., MLA International Bibliography for literary research. Below are some reasons for using subject-specific article databases as well as instructions on how to locate them from the library website

In Research Databases
browse the entire alphabetical list of article databases (choose "article databases" from the "All Info Types" list):

browse the article databases lists by Subject. For example,

A blue flag  next to a database indicates a suggested starting point.

Find it at UVM

When searching for articles using UVM article databases, the HTML or PDF full-text article may not be attached to the citation. If not, look for this icon:

Use this button to help you:

  1. link directly to the article online, or
  2. link to the journal's homepage, or
  3. determine whether the library has that journal and year in print format, or
  4. link to a search of the Library Catalog to see if we own the journal, or
  5. link to an interlibrary loan form

If the article does not appear or if something confuses you, use     to determine if the library owns the journal/magazine (print or online) and the issue and year you need.

What If the Library Doesn't Own What I Need?

Obtain the item through Interlibrary Loan.

CATQuest (Discovery Tool)

Click the image to access CATQuest Advanced Search.

The large search box on the library homepage provides access to our "discovery tool";  it is a Google-like academic search engine designed to retrieve lots of content in our library and beyond (books, articles, videos, etc.). Search the Library Catalog (a different search interface from the Classic Library Catalog ) and lots -but not all- of the content in databases subscribed to by the library. It isn’t meant to replace individual database searching, but provides an opportunity to discover the results of searches in many databases and the library catalog in a single search.  Sign in (upper-right of screen) to access the most content available. Note:  Using a computer off-campus? Connect to the UVM network via ezproxy or VPN client (recommended) before searching CATQuest.