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Adult and Graduate Studies Library Guide: Find Articles

A guide to library resources - for students in our Adult and Graduate Studies programs.

Finding Articles

Looking for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles?  This guide can help.

WINDOW searches many databases at once. It is usually the place to begin and will often give you everything you need.

Searching individual databases can also be very useful. It allows you to search databases that are more tightly focused on one subject. Often an individual database (e.g. Business Source Complete) offers more specialized options for refining your search than WINDOW does.

What is WINDOW?

WINDOW is a powerful tool that lets you search the Bluffton library catalog and many research databases with a single search box.  It's built on the same platform as several of our databases, so it will look familiar to users of Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, and other EBSCO databases.

WINDOW helps you quickly find relevant resources on a research topic without having to decide which database(s) to search. You can limit your search results in a variety of ways, including publication date, scholarly designation.

Some of our research databases have powerful search features which are only available in their unique interfaces.  To take advantage of those richer features, you may choose to search that particular database individually.  

Learn more at our guide devoted to WINDOW.

Searching WINDOW from off-campus?  You may be asked to enter your last name and ID barcode number before seeing your search results.

Search WINDOW

WINDOW searches many research databases at once (in addition to the Bluffton Catalog). To search WINDOW, enter your search terms and click on the Search button.  For more help with searching, visit the Search Strategy tab on this guide.

Your results will include both books and articles. On the left side of the screen, you can limit your results in a number of ways, for example, to academic journals.

In many cases, the complete text of articles will be available from within WINDOW or the research databases. When the full text isn't available, request the article using our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

Searching WINDOW from off-campus?  You may be asked to enter your last name and ID barcode number before seeing your search results.

Search WINDOW
 

What are Research Databases?

A research database is a searchable collection of many types of sources. A database might include journal, magazine, or newspaper articles, book chapters, book reviews, reports, and other types of published information. These collections might be topic-specific and narrowly-focused, or they may be very broad and comprehensive in the subject matter they include. There is a certain expectation of quality, respectability and accuracy that goes with being included in the research databases that we provide to you at the library's website.

Searching databases from off-campus?  You may be asked to enter your last name and ID barcode number prior to searching.

Search Databases

Searching individual databases allows for a more specialized search experience.  The search and refine options in individual databases are sometimes more complex and focused than what WINDOW provides.  

Consult these links for lists of individual research databases related to our AGS programs.  Or, view a list of all Research Databases.

Searching databases from off-campus?  You may be asked to enter your last name and ID barcode number prior to searching.


Research databases for searching on business-related topics

 

Research databases for searching on education-related topics

 

Research databases for searching on social work topics

 

Research databases for searching on health care and medicine topics

 

Research databases for searching on food, nutrition, and dietetics topics

Need more help?

Unsure about what you're reading here?  Visit our Need Help - Ask Us page and connect with one of our librarians who can help you understand.

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