Essays in books or journal articles will tend to be fairly narrowly focused, so it may be best to look for these after you have a sense of your topic. If your searching returns 10,000 results, you'll likely want to narrow your topic a bit. If a search returns NO results, either you'll need to work on your terminology OR - congratulations, no one else has had the idea you have!
Choosing the Type of Search Tool
Indexes Narrower results, but often more relevant
Full-Text Broader results, less focused.
Much higher granularity, and good for identifying theoretical approaches.
Helpful for beginning
research, and for interdisciplinary topics.
Academic Search Premier
ProQuest Research Library
America: History and Life
ATLA Religion Index
Education Research Complete
Often the key to successful searching is finding the right terms to search.
Try a keyword search and identify alternative terms for your topic within the relevant results.
If the search tool you're using has a thesaurus, check your terms for additional vocabulary being used by the database.
Continue to expand your vocabulary, combining similar terms with OR:
A comprehensive reference tool for religious and theological scholarship 1949 to the present, which also includes full text of the entire runs of a core collection of more than 50 English-language scholarly journals, as well as indexing thousands more books and journals.
MEDLINE® (1950-present)The U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) premier life sciences database. Explore biomedicine and life sciences, bioengineering, public health, clinical care, and plant and animal science. Search precisely with MeSH terms and CAS registry numbers; link to NCBI databases and PubMed Related Articles
Indexes and abstracts the international journal, and book literature in psychology and related disciplines since 1887. Lots of full text is available. Click on the "find article" icon if the pdf or html link to the article is not visible.
Reviews of the Literature
Literature reviews try to summarize the research that has been done within the previous year(s). There are a few works that are devoted only to reviews of the literature. These include:
Covers current scholarship in subdisciplines of sociology.
To locate literature reviews within a specific discipline, add:
"literature review" OR "review of the literature"
to a subject search within a specialized database such as those listed in the section at the top of this page. Warning: except in history, it's possible that the focused topic you're working on does not have an explicit literature review. In that case, try to place your subject within a broader or more theoretical context.
Find Full Text
ScholarSearch - finding full-text
If you are searching in Scholar Search, you will see both books and articles.
Some databases have full text incorporated in them; almost all of our databases, however, are connected to "Find it @Drew" which will check all our electronic journal sources to see if an article is available.
If the articles are directly connected into the database, it will give you a direct link to the PDF or HTML or Linked full text; some items will be not in our collection and you'll be directed to request them through Interlibrary Loan.
For many, you'll need to click Find it @Drew to see whether it's available electronically:
Finding full text at Drew
When you click Find it @Drew you will be taken to a page that will offer you a list of links to the resource in our electronic journal holdings. (Sometimes we have a journal article via more than one database; that's why you see multiple links. Click one of the links to get to the full text:
Finding full-text at Drew
If we don't have access to the journal/article online, Find it @Drew will give you links
to look for it online as free, open access via Google Scholar
to request it through our Interlibrary Loan system (ILLiad)
NOTE: The first time you request an article or book via ILLiad (our InterLibraryLoan system), you will be asked to fill out a short form. It may take several days to receive an article via InterLibraryLoan; books can take longer.
If you already have information about a specific article (author, journal or magazine title, title of the article, etc.), use Drew's Journal List Search. Enter the title of the journal or magazine, and then drill down to the specific item you need.