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FAQS: Research help

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There are several ways to find articles in journals. 

1. To search for articles online, enter your search terms in the articles search box on the library homepage

2. Full-text databases such as EBSCO Academic Search Complete and others contain full-text articles.  Find this and all of Booth Library's other article databases from the Databases link on the Library home page.

3. Citation databases allow you to search for articles and citation information, but generally do not provide full-text. In addition, indexes such as these sometimes allow you to search for books, book chapters, dissertations, and other information.

When you find an article citation, look for the "Get Full Text" link. For an explanation of this service, see the "Get Full Text" linking FAQ.

4. Some specialized indexes are only available in print. For help identifying and locating these indexes, ask a librarian at the Reference Desk.

To find out whether Booth Library has a particular journal, search by title under the Journal Titles tab on the library home page. You can also search for print holdings in the EIU Library Catalog (click the Journals/Magazines box to limit your search).

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Accurately citing the research you use when writing a  paper is extremely important. You need to give credit to the author(s) whose ideas you use. Correct citations also protect you from accusations of plagiarism. There are dozens of different citation styles for different disciplines. Links to style guides for MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, or the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and others can be found on the Citation Styles research guide.
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Use the EIU Online Catalog to find books, CDs, holdings of magazines and journals, computer files, maps, spoken word recordings, musical recordings and scores, videos/media, and all other Booth Library materials in all formats -- including digital and online.
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Click on the Databases link below the search box in the center of the library homepage.  You will see a list of all databases in alphabetical order.  To see databases listed by the subjects they cover, use the drop down menu at the top of the page to select a subject area. You can also browse the list alphabetically by clicking on a letter.
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Get Full Text @ EIU linking is an electronic linking service that creates direct links from Booth Library's electronic databases to the full text of articles (where available) and to other related resources and services.  If the full text of an article is unavailable in one database, "Get Full Text @ EIU" will indicate whether you might be able to find it in another database.  If Booth has the article, you will be taken right to it.

If the full text of the article is not available, a new window of menu options will pop up, as follows.

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See the "Get Full Text" linking service page for more information and additional help with this resource.

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Peer-reviewed and refereed journals (sometimes referred to as scholarly journals) contain articles that have gone through a peer-review process.  When an author submits an article for publication, it is sent to others in that field of study for review.  The reviewers will often suggest changes for the author to make and decide if the article should be published at all. Usually such articles are research-based and contain a bibliography.

"Includes Peer Reviewed Content" appears next to the database name on the library's list of databases. You can limit your search results to peer-reviewed.
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Microfilm, microfiche and micro-cards are pre-digital forms of high-density data storage.

Microfilm is plastic film on which are printed microphotographs of the pages of a book, periodical, etc. It comes on long reels.

Microfiche is a flat piece of film containing microphotographs of the pages of a book, periodical, etc. It looks like a sheet of plastic.
Microcards are similar to microfiche except the information is printed extremely small on cardstock. 

The microform area is located on 1000 North. Special magnifying readers for viewing microfilm and microfiche are available at the Reference Desk. It is possible to copy from microfilm and microfiche.  The machines take Panther Cards or coins, and the cost is $.10 per copy.

A multi-function microform reader, the ScanPro 1000, is also available in the microforms room. This machine is attached to a PC and allows the user to save digital images from microforms to a flash drive. Document images can also be printed on the attached laser printer for ten cents per page.

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The library subscribes to numerous online databases that allow you to search for information from established, reputable sources. By contrast, information that is freely available on the web may or may not be from a reputable source. Be sure to evaluate carefully any information retrieved using an internet search engine such as Google.
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The Reference Desk (217-581-6072) on the 3000 level is the place to ask for assistance in finding information you need. Reference librarians are available in person anytime the library is open. Email, chat, and individual appointments are also available.

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