University Library & Learning Resources Center

LEM 519: Reference & Reference Services
Dr. Freedman

Periodical Articles ERIC Documents Books Dissertations Web Your Comments

The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the University Library's online databases useful for finding information on your topic. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor or call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open. You may also call Natasha Jenkins, the Information Literacy Librarian, at (334) 229-1078.


Periodical Articles

The best method for finding periodical articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. For additional information on those listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. The databases are easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases off campus, contact Randy Curtis (334 229-6968) or Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).

Not all of our databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, check for the periodical title in Serials Solutions (ASU) to determine if the article is available in another online database. Serials Solutions does not include Wilson Library and Information Science Full Text and Wilson Education Full Text, so be sure to check these databases separately. Periodicals to which the Library subscribes are listed in our online catalog HORNetCat. These are housed in the Serials Department on the third floor. You may order those articles not available in the Library or via a full-text database through Interlibrary Loan.

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ERIC Documents

The ERIC Document collection includes a variety of items such as curriculum materials, reports, lesson plans, conference papers, and much more pertaining to education. These are arranged by clearinghouses, which specialize in specific areas of education. ERIC documents are located on the Library's third floor in the ERIC microfiche cabinets. Many ERIC documents dating from 1993 to the present are full text through the EDRS database.

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In addition to the books located in the Library, you'll find relevant e-books (electronic books) from the database netLibrary (ASU) . The books in this database are listed in the Library's online catalog HORNetCat. You may also search for terms in the full-text of netLibrary books.

WorldCat (ASU) (AVL) is another excellent database for finding books on LEM topics. If you find a book in this database that the Library does not own, you may request the book through Interlibrary Loan.

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As with periodical articles, ERIC documents, and books, today's technology also makes the full text of many dissertations available online. Digital Dissertations (ASU) provides the full text of dissertations from 1997 to the present. You'll also find information on dissertations starting with 1861 and master's theses beginning with 1988.

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World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these to find more reliable Web sites.

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Your Comments

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Natasha Jenkins ( or call her at (334) 229-1078 with your comments and suggestions.

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Course Research Guides | Information Literacy Program

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Alabama State University
University Library & Learning Resources Center
Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
All contents copyright 2003, ASU. All rights reserved.
August 29, 2003