What is a periodical article?
A periodical is a newspaper, magazine, journal... or anything that comes out "periodically" - weekly, monthly, bi-annually. The PSC Library has many periodicals. Some are in "print" on the shelves and others (many others) are available electronically through the database - anytime/anywhere.
What Databases does PSC have?
PSC subscribes to many databases. Some are good for finding periodical articles, some are good for finding statistics, some are good for finding information on specific subjects (science, art, business).
Here is a list of some databases you might consider using:
All the databases work a little bit differently, but basically, once you are connected you will get a screen that has 1-3 text boxes where you can enter whatever it is you are looking for. It's very similar to searching the Internet using a search engine like Google except you are searching a specific database for specific types of information (newspaper articles, journals, statistics). Academic Search Complete is a database for periodicals - newspaper, magazine & journal articles.Here is an example of Academic Search Compete search screen
The full Text box has been checked and the drop down menu next to the search term -- nutrition -- was changed to subject. Both of these options limit the number of articles. You should receive a list of articles that match your search terms.
The full-text articles will have a link and/or a pdf icon that says "full-text". If you click on the link (or icon), the entire article will be there for you to read. You can print, email, and save articles.
Example research question: Is Artificial Intelligence Going to Replace Doctors?
Remember, we don't want to search for the full question in the databases. Make sure to pull out the keywords from the research question: Artificial Intelligence (which should be searched as a phrase), Replace, Doctors.
While searching for articles, it will be most beneficial to utilize Boolean operators. These are words and punctuation that help to expand and refine your search.
Students: Use your Passport information - Student ID number and Password (default: two-digit month and two-digit year of your birth).
Staff/Faculty: Use your Polk email address and password
Use the four links below to open a step-by-step visual guide to searching in one of our four most popular databases.