Connect From Off-Campus
Use the VPN or the proxy server to access the library’s databases and online journals from off campus.
Tips for Database Searching
1. Most databases allow you to limit your search by criteria such as date, language and publication type (e.g. peer reviewed journals)
2. Note how your search results are sorted. Many databases sort by date, with the most recently published articles appearing first
3. Click on any article citation for additional details, including the Abstract and Subject Terms
4. If the full article is not available, use
5. If you are not satisfied with your results, try a different combination of search terms, or select another database to search
The following databases are suggested for finding scholarly and other articles in journals in sociology and related disciplines. The databases will also include citations to books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and other materials.
To find an article from the index, look for the yellow UC-eLinks button and click on it.
UC-eLinks will perform a search and link to the full electronic text of articles in journals that the library subscribes to via databases or publisher web sites. The UC-eLinks menu will present options to "Get it Online From", or if not available online, to "Find a copy in the library". The Find a copy in the library menu option will perform a search in the Harvest catalog, or if not at UC Davis, then search the Melvyl catalog for all UC libraries.
UC-eLinks will also provide options to "Request It" to get a copy from another library, "Add Citation to a Bibliography" or "Get Help".
For more on using UC-eLinks, see the Getting Started with UC-eLinks guide.
Finding Journal Articles
This section shows how to interpret a citation to find the article in a journal.
Example of a typical citation for a journal article:
Quillian, L, Pager, D 2001 "Black neighbors, higher crime? The role of racial stereotypes in evaluations of neighborhood crime" American Journal of Sociology 107 3 717-767
To find an article easily, it is important to understand the information provided in a citation. Below, I use the citation above to show what information each part of the citation is giving you:
author: Quillian, L & Pager, D
title: Black neighbors, higher crime? The role of racial stereotypes in evaluations of neighborhood crime
journal: American Journal of Sociology
To find the journal article from the citation search first for the journal title.
You can also use the citation linker to find and link to a known journal article when you have a complete citation: http://ucelinks.cdlib.org:8888/sfx_local/cgi/core/citation-linker.cgi