Library Services for Online Learners
Journal articles, particularly from peer-reviewed journals, will be the majority
of your online research.
Peer-reviewed journals, which are reviewed by other experts in the field before
publication, and are usually published for experts in the field, will be extremely
useful. Sometimes these are called "scholarly" articles. Most of our
online databases will allow you to search only for peer-reviewed articles.
To find journal articles:
for articles (organized by topic). You will need to log in and then select
a database to search in.
- Full-text databases are identified by a red FT
next to the database name.
- A list of all
our full-text journals is available; this is very useful for browsing
tables of contents or finding a specific article if you already have a citation.
Some databases may index a journal but not provide the full text of the articles
in it. This will allow you to see if another database has the same article
in full text.
- We may have the journal in print form here at the library. If you fill out this form, we'll see if we have it here.
- Finally, you can request a copy of an article by using our interlibrary loan service. We'll track down the article, from any library, and try to get a copy. You can use this form to make your request.
If you are behind a firewall (as you might be if you are working at a school)
and cannot access the databases, you will need to contact your system administrator
and make sure that port 2048 is open for our proxy server.
- Phone us at 951-785-2396 whenever the Library is open (see our hours
online). Note that the reference desk is closed during lunch (noon-1 pm)
and dinner (5-6 pm), as well as after 10:00 pm.
- Reference assistance is also available by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Or use our web form to Ask Us a Question.
You should receive a response within 24 hours, although requests made over
the weekend or on holidays may take a bit longer.