This page provides resources for locating scholarly journal articles. Popular articles (e.g. newspaper, magazines) are covered in the sub-page for News/Popular articles.
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Topics in sociology often overlap with complementary areas of inquiry. To that end, it may be useful to search within a multidisiplinary index, or other subject specific indexes. The list below is NOT COMPREHENSIVE and is intended as a starting point to direct you towards indexes that are often relevant to sociology topics. Be sure to browse in the e-resources for a complete listing of all MSU article databases.
Google Scholar is a free and popular database that provides a broad coverage of the scholarly literature across many different disciplines and sources.
Google Scholar is not always the best database to choose when searching for journal articles and it should never be the only database that use for your research project. It does not index all available resources and lacks many advanced search options found in library databases. Be sure to use library indexes specifically built for your subject area in addition to searching Google Scholar.
To ensure seamless access to MSU subscription resources, e.g. journal articles, from your home computer, do the following:
Please note: if you click on the title and not the "MSU Access" link you will not be recognized as an MSU subscriber.
Remember that in most cases you should not have to pay for access to a journal article. Please ask a librarian if you are not able to get access to a desired resource.
If the full-text of the article is not available in the index you used to locate the citation, use the "Find Text @ MSU" link to automatically search for the full-text.
If Find Text @ MSU does not automatically connect you to the full-text, do a journal/periodical title search in the library catalog to double-check our holdings.
If MSU does not subscribe to the journal in print or electronic, use Inter-Library Loan to request a copy of the article.
Distance students: If you see that MSU has the journal in print, use ILLiad to request a copy.
Look up the title of the journal where the article is published in the library catalog. Then, access the article via our print or electronic journal holdings.
For a complete step-by-step through the process go to the full tutorial on Locating a Known Journal Article from a Citation.
Ask a Librarian, or consult this brief tutorial on how to search with a purpose.
View this document on Advanced Searches for an explanation of various advanced search commands.