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How do I find journal articles?

To find journal, magazine, or newspaper articles, use one of the databases listed on the library's Databases A-Z page. See the next question for help choosing which database is right for your search.

Once you are in a database, type some keywords that describe your topic into the search box(es). Most databases allow you to limit your search by date, publication type, whether the article is available full-text, or other types of parameters. You can always Ask the Library for help getting started with your search.

The library subscribes to over 40 journal article databases which cover every subject taught at Springfield College. These databases contain a wealth of scholarly information which is not available on the free Internet.

Important: do not use Voyager (the online library catalog) to look for articles! You will find books, videos, DVDs, and some journal titles in Voyager--but not individual articles.

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Which database should I use to find articles on my topic?

The Subject Guide to Databases (located at the top of the Databases A-Z page) can help you choose the right database for your topic.

Also, check out Babson Library's Research Guides which include recommended databases as well as books, websites, and other resources for your subject. Research By Topic guides are a great starting point for research.

Last but not least, librarians are always happy to help you choose the best database for your topic--just Ask the Library.

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How do I get articles after finding them listed in a database?

Some, but not all, articles are available online. Different databases have different ways to identify which articles are available online, but most use the words fulltext or PDF or HTML next to the citation of the article on your list of results. Some databases may also have a symbol or icon for fulltext. Clicking on the words or icon will get you to the full text of the article.

If full text is not available through the database you are using, you will see a maroon Get it @ Babson Library icon. Clicking on this button will provide you with several options: If full text is available through another library database, a link will be provided for you to use. If the journal is in the library, you will see a link to Voyager, the library catalog. Clicking on this link will show you what volumes the library owns and if it is available in paper or on microform.

Another option on the Get it page is a link to an Interlibrary Loan Request Form (available to Springfield College students, faculty, and staff). Babson Library can get you copies of journal articles that are not available online or in the library. There is no cost for this service. When possible articles will be delivered to your Springfield College e-mail address. When this is not possible delivery takes approximately a week (sometimes less, sometimes more ; items will take longer for locations further from the Springfield Campus).

You can see exactly how Get it works by watching one of our Get it and Get it (School of Human Services) tutorials.

Finally, if you want to see if Babson Library has a particular journal (online or in the library), you can check our Journal Titles A-Z (available from the library homepage). This is an alphabetical listing of all the journals available through Babson Library regardless of format.

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How can I find full-text articles?

Most databases offer a check box that allows you to limit your search to full-text articles only. Look for an area of the database search screen called "Refine Search" or "Search Options." However, here are two good reasons why it may not be advisable to limit your search to full text articles only.

1. Most journal articles are still not available online. The perfect article for your topic may be sitting on a shelf in Babson Library or another library. Librarians are happy to work with you to find the best information for your topic and help you locate it as quickly as possible--just Ask the Library.

2. Babson Library offers a service called Get it. Get it appears as a white and maroon icon next to your database search results: Get it @ Babson Library. Clicking the icon will launch a search of all of Babson Library's resources to find a full-text copy of an article (if it is available). By limiting your search to full text in one database, you may screen out articles that are available full-text in other databases, which Get it would have led you to.

3. If Babson Library does not own the desired article, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). A link to the ILL form is also available on the Get it page. There is no cost for this service, but it usually takes 4-7 days to get the article (sometimes less, sometimes more; items will take longer for regional campuses).

Using a full-text limiter in a database can prevent you from finding great articles for your topic, so think hard before doing so!

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How do I find library books?

To find books, videos, DVDs, or other items that the library owns, search Voyager, the library's online catalog.

If you know what you are looking for, type a title, author, or other identifying information into the "Search" box, then choose a search type (title, author, etc.) from the "Within" box, below. Click "Search."

If you do not have an item in mind but are looking for items dealing with a topic, type in one or more keywords to describe your topic (for example, "teen pregnancy," "learning disabilities," "softball coaching") in the "Search" box, and choose "Keyword anywhere" in the "within" box. Click "Search."

Voyager search tips:
  • To search for an exact phrase (like eating disorders), put it in quotation marks: "eating disorders".
  • Put a plus sign before words that must appear in your results. For example, +race +education (for books about both race and education)
  • If you find a good book for your topic, look at the blue subject headings in its catalog record. You can click on a subject heading to find more books on that topic.
  • Do not include "a," "an," or "the" at the beginning of a title. To find "The Sun Also Rises," type "sun also rises"
  • Enter authors' names last name first. For example: Hemingway, Ernest
For help using Voyager, please use our helpful guide or Ask the Library.

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How do I find videos and DVDs?

Like books, videorecordings (including VHS and DVD formats) can be looked up in Voyager, the library's online catalog.

To limit your search to videorecordings only, select Videos from the "Limit To:" box (below the search box).

For help using Voyager, please use our helpful guide or Ask the Library.

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How do I find dissertations and theses?

If you are looking specifically for Springfield College theses or dissertations, look in Voyager. Type in one or more keywords, author, or title, and select SC Theses in the "Limit To:" box (below the search box). Babson Library owns copies of many dissertations and theses, including those written by SC students as well as the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation collection distributed by the University of Oregon.

For theses and dissertations by authors at other institutions, you should search in a database relevant to that topic (databases are listed on the Babson Library's Databases A-Z page). If you are interested in finding only theses and dissertations, look for a "Publication Type" search limit in the database you are using.

If you need to consult a thesis or dissertation that Babson Library does not own, we can attempt to a copy from another library via Interlibrary Loan. However, because a very limited number of copies of theses and dissertations typically exist, we are not always able to find a copy to borrow. We will let you know if we are unable to borrow a copy for you. Some theses and dissertations can be purchased in print or microfilm from a company called UMI.

Please Ask the Library if you have questions about locating a specific thesis or dissertation.

For help using Voyager, please use our helpful guide or Ask the Library.

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What does it mean when the library catalog says "multiple item statuses"?

When Voyager tells you an item has "multiple item statuses," it means that Babson Library owns more than one copy or version of the item. Click on the title of the item to bring up details for the individual copies. Different copies may be available or checked out, or shelved in different locations.

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How do I find statistical information?

There are many types of statistical information. Babson Library's Statistics Guide (also available under Research Guides on the library homepage) provides descriptions of and access to many statistical sources commonly used by Springfield College students and faculty.

United States Census data is available from American Factfinder: http://factfinder.census.gov.

For more help finding statistics, please Ask the Library.

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How do I find out if the library has a specific journal?

Check our Journal Titles A-Z (also available from the library homepage). The Journal List is an A-Z list of all of Babson Library's journals in all formats (print, microform, online).

If Babson Library offers online access to a journal, the Journal List will include a link (or links) to the database(s) through which the full text is offered.

If Babson Library owns a journal in print or microform, the Journal List will include a link to Voyager, the online catalog, which will describe our holdings (format, years, etc.).

Note: Not all electronic journals are included in Voyager. For this reason, we recommend using the Journal List A-Z as the most accurate way to determine whether Babson offers access to a given journal title.

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How do I get the full text of New York Times articles online?

Click on the following link to open a step-by-step guide to locating full-text New York Times articles.

Finding the Full Text of New York Times Articles (PDF)

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Can I talk to a librarian to get more help?

Absolutely! We are eager to help you with all your research and information needs. You can drop by the Information Desk at Babson Library; use Ask the Library to contact us by phone, email, or chat; or make an appointment for a more in-depth research consultation. View a list of reference librarians along with their subject areas.

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