Search engine specifically for scholarly journal articles, books, dissertations, and technical reports.
Sometimes databases will contain links to electronic copies of full articles. These are known as "full text" articles. Get it! is a system that helps researchers quickly connect to full text articles when searching online.
Get It! searches though the library's database and journal subscriptions to connect researchers to the full text of the desired article. When searching in a database that is Get It! -enabled, you will see a small link or button labeled Get It! beneath the article records that are returned by the database. Clicking Get It! will either bring you directly to the article, or will provide the following options:
Clicking on GET ARTICLE will bring you to a copy of the article, while the GO TO JOURNAL option will bring you to the journal's home page.
If Get it! cannot locate a full-text copy of the article or an electronic subscription to the journal that published the article, you will see the following:
The best next step is to use the link to DELCAT Discovery to search for the journal by title or ISSN to determine if we have this journal in print in the library for the year in which your article was published. If you have searched DELCAT Discovery and find that we don't have the journal containing your article, you can use the link to interlibrary loan to request that the article be delivered to you from another library.
Library databases can help you to find articles published in electronic journals and other scholarly sources. In many instances, you can access the full text of the article right from the database. There are subject-specific databases as well as broad interdisciplinary databases that you can search through. Because African Studies is so interdisciplinary, the following is just a sampling of the databases that may be helpful when starting your research.
It is important to distinguish between journal and magazine articles when conducting your research. Journal articles are typically considered to be "scholarly," while magazine articles are usually considered to be "popular".
|Scholarly Journals||Popular Magazines|
To inform or entertain
|Audience||Scholars, researchers, and students||General public|
|Author||Scholar or specialist with subject expertise||Frequently a journalist paid to write articles; may or may not have subject expertise|
|Content||In-depth account of original findings written by the researcher(s); very specific information
||Discussion of someone else's research; may include narrative or opinion; general information.
|Language||Specialized terminology; requires subject knowledge||General vocabulary; understandable to a general audience|
|References||All quotes and sources are cited||Little information about sources is included|