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Find Articles and Dissertation

When searching for articles written by a scholar, see if the database has an author index and select from it.  If not, clue in to how the database lists authors.  For example, should you search with initials or full first name?

  • Education Source
    Full text articles for many of the periodicals that are indexed in all areas of education.
  • ERIC (EBSCO)
    Articles and documents. Thesaurus for finding search terms and easy way to limit by educational level.
  • Education Index Retrospective
    Could any of your scholars have published prior to 1983? ERIC goes back to 1966, but here's another option for older works.
  • Dissertations and Theses
    Citations, abstracts and possibly full text for over 2 million dissertations and theses primarily from North American institutions.

Find Books

How Others Have Used Your Scholar's Works

You can use these databases to find who has cited your scholar's works.  If your scholar has published in disciplines other than education, these databases would be good places to search. 

  • Web of Science
    Don't be mislead by the title. It does cover some social science, including education, journals.

    Use the "Cited Reference Search"
  • Google Scholar  
      
    Click on the "i" to learn how to set your preferences to get more USC-purchased content. Don't ever buy an article. Check the Libraries Ejournals and catalog first. If we don't have it, make an interlibrary loan request.

Biographical Background

 

Search by Author in the education databases

 

ERIC and Education Source at a Glance handout

If the handout opens in your browser window and you have trouble following the links, try downloading the document by right-clicking on the link below and saving to your desktop.

 

Getting the full text of an article

1.  Some databases will have links to the full text of the article right in the database.  The articles usually have a link for either HTML Full Text, PDF Full Text, or Linked Full Text under the citation information. 

2.  If a full text link does not appear, click the Find Text Image button.  The Find Text button searches the Libraries' e-journals list.

3.  If the article isn't available online, search the library catalog to see if the journal is on the library shelves. Come to the library and get the article or USC students, faculty and staff can use Scan and Deliver through your interlibrary loan account. The article will be scanned and delivered electronically to your desktop. 

4.  When we don't have the publication, but you really want the article you can request it through Interlibrary Loan [ILL].  First time you use ILL you'll need to register.

Are you a student at a distance?  See what request and delivery services are available to you.

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