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SSI1-118 | Doing Gender

Searching Databases


  • BEFORE you begin searching, brainstorm a list of related terms and concepts that describe your topic.
  • When you construct your search, you'll want to connect synonyms with the Boolean operator "OR" and different concepts with the Boolean operator "AND."
  • You also can use truncation (the asterisk*) to find all forms and spellings of a word.
  • Put phrases in quotation marks to ensure that the exact phrase is searched.

Here's an example:

Once you've done a search, use the facets to the left of your results list to limit to
"Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals."

Recommended Databases for This Topic

Finding Full Text Articles

If you have a citation to an article and want to find the full text,use Primo's advanced search. Change the "any field" to title. Type the journal title and the material type to journals.

Journal example:

Tan, Chang. 2012. "Art for/of the Masses." Third Text 26, no. 2: 177-194.

Where's The Fulltext?

There are three methods for obtaining the actual articles you wish to read:

Method 1: In some databases, you will be able to link directly to the fulltext article. Look around, as different databases have different interfaces. Look for a link or buttons that says "Check for Full Text" or Download PDF or similar. If given the choice between a PDF or HTML version of the article, always choose the PDF format. This will give you an exact image, including page numbers, of the article as it appears in the paper journal.

Method 2: If a direct link to full text is not available, then look for a link that checks for fulltext in Primo Search to see if the library subscribes to the journal.

Method 3: Use Interlibrary Loan. See box below.