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Elisa Coghlan: 

  • Communication Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism

Search Tips

For most article databases:

  • The asterisk (*):
    wildcard character, retrieves all variations on root word
  • AND command: 
    for connecting different ideas
  • OR command: 
    for connecting synonyms

For ProQuest:

  • Limit to subject "Studies"

For Ebsco:

  • Limit to subject "Research" -- in most, but not all Ebsco databases
  • 'Choose databases' allows you to search several databases at once
  • Search for "method* OR studies" in the full-text 

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar while on campus OR after you've logged into the MARQCAT Library Login.

Here's why:

  –  Because then Google Scholar will have Find It @ MU links 
  –  Because those Find It @ MU links will get you to articles that the libraries have paid for
  –  Because you will not be asked for your credit card!

About Google Scholar:

Google Scholar indexes (provides links to) content from:

–  Commercial scholarly publishers
–  Scholarly society / association publishers
–  University library institutional repositories (IR's). An IR is an online collection of material published by the university's faculty, often in a pre-publication manuscript form; sometimes also students. 
    For example, see Raynor Library's e-Publications@Marquette.
–  Government agencies
–  Non-profit organizations.

The important thing to know:

The majority of the content indexed by Google Scholar is scholarly, but not all.  And not all of it is peer-reviewed.

General Databases

Communication Databases

Business Databases

Psychology Databases

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.


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.