Searching for Journal Articles:
Where, Why, How

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:30 – 3:00 pm

Lamont Library, Room B-30





Odile Harter, oharter@fas.harvard.edu

Ramona Islam, rlislam@fas.harvard.edu

Hugh Truslow, truslow@fas.harvard.edu

 Online version of this handout: http://guides.hcl.harvard.edu/searchingjournals

To delve further into any of the issues discussed at today’s session, you might want to take a look at Tools of the Trade: A Library Starter Kit for Harvard Freshmen


 E-resource 101: common features of library databases

 Search screens: basic v. expanded

Search language: keywords v. subjects

Refine: options to modify & sort results

Read: Article previews & full-text links

Track: Ready-made citations & "list" or "folder" options

 In the disciplines: some major journal article databases in the social sciences and humanities

 MLA International Bibliography


Literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, from 1963 to the presentfor over 3,000 journals and series.


America: History & Life


History of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present, covering over 2,000 journals published worldwide.



The world's economic literature; coverage of over 600 journals as well as articles in collective volumes, book reviews, dissertations, and working papers.


Historical Abstracts


History of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the U.S. and Canada), from over 1800 journals published throughout the world.

Anthropology Plus


Anthropology and related disciplines from the mid-19th century to the present: social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology and archaeology (particularly prehistoric archaeology).


Worldwide Political Science Abstracts


Political science and its related fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy.

Sociological Abstracts


Sociology, social planning/policy, and related disciplines, from over 1800 journals, relevant dissertations, selected books and book chapters, and association papers, as well as citations for book reviews and other media.



Professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines (psychiatry, education, linguistics, neurosciences, etc.) from over 1800 journals in more than 24 languages annually.


Art Full Text


Art and architecture periodicals published throughout the world, including English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish.

Philosopher’s Index


Scholarly research in all major fields of philosophy, on research published since 1940 including over 680 journals from more than 50 countries with and a variety of languages.