If you want to see if the library has an article, you go to the library catalog, Primo, and type in the article title but if you are wandering the web and run into an article use these to help you see whether or not the library has what you want.
Two of my favorite things take a few minutes to set up but saves you HOURS of time and saves you money as well.
JSTOR Text Analyzer will make your life easier – at least your research! 😉
Copy/paste a paragraph (such as the abstract of a scholarly article that you enjoyed reading) into JSTOR Analyzer and be connected to further readings within seconds. Check it out - play with the search terms on the left and find results tailor-made for you!
This time I would like to recommend Artstor, a high quality image database. My enthusiasm about Artstor started when I began teaching information literacy during art history senior seminars.
Nowadays, Artstor is a multidisciplinary database that has merged with JSTOR and provides more than 2.5 million images of artifacts, historical objects, industry products, photos, paintings, sculptures, architecture, etc.
Basically, it is to make an appointment with a librarian to talk about research – your research / the student’s research. The librarians can sit down with the students – research conversations I would call them – which can last up to one hour.
One of my favorite pages is the ebooks page!!! The library has access to over 700,000 ebooks but there are some on this page that we’ve selected as especially useful. You can get the MLA Handbook and the Chicago Manual of Style to help you create citations.
There are Reference Collections of ebooks which are excellent places to start research on topics you don’t know much about! Want to know who was in a war, what years was it fought, who won, major battles – try reference collections!