Honors Human Nature - Curiosity Project: Article Search

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Evaluating Articles

Evaluate articles by:

  • Purpose: Is the purpose to inform, entertain, persuade or educate?
  • Objectivity: Are various sides or points-of-view represented?
  • Author: Does the author have expertise on the topic?
  • Date: Is the information current or timely for your topic?
  • Bibliography: Are the authors sources of information cited completely.

Related Guides

Article Databases

Databases provide a systematic method of searching for articles and other documents on your topic. Some databases include full text of the documents they index, but many do not.  The top databases for philosophy are:

Related Article Databases

Oxford Bibliographies Online--Philosophy

Getting the Articles

Here's a short video showing how Find it @ MU works. (About 4 minutes long.)

Two common ways to find out if the Libraries have access to the articles you need:

1) You are searching in an article database, but it doesn't have the full-text:  

Click on  Findit@MU button in the article citation. Another window / tab opens with two possible options:

  • Links indicating Find it @MU may have located one or more sources for full text of the article. Click on the links and follow the trail to the article. 
  • Links to search MARQCAT by the journal title or its ISSN number. The journal may be available in print or electronically through a source not searchable by Find it @MU.

2) You already have a specific citation and aren't currently searching in a database:

  • Search for the journal title in MARQCAT, the library catalog;
  • Do not search the title or author of the article, MARQCAT doesn't contain article level information.

The MARQCAT record will indicate what years we have in print and/or online, providing call number locations for the print and links to the e-journal.  Once at the e-journal, navigate to the volume, issue and page that you need.

Questions:

Didn't find the article/journal using Find it @MU or MARQCAT?  Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Find it @MU window or tab.  Learn more about ILL here.

Ever wonder why the full-text isn't there?  Watch this short video about the Business of Information.