1: Look for a "Full-Text" or "PDF" link that will take you directly to the article. If yes, great. If not, go to #2.
2: Look for the FINDIT @ GSU button. Click on it. If the journal title shows up, click the link to see what the online availability is. If not, go to #3.
3: If you see the "Sorry, no electronic full text is available" message, click the link below it that says "We may have a copy in print." If yes, go to the library to copy the article. If we do not have it in print, go to #4.
4: Request the article you need through interlibrary loan - typically arrive within 1 day, so definitely worth trying!
If you are off campus and using Google Scholar to search for journals/articles, it’s easiest if you install and login to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer so that you are logged into the GSU network and will be automatically routed to GSU-subscribed journals. It’s available for download from the GSU software download page.
Found an incredibly relevant source for your topic? Do cited reference searches to find researchers who are citing that relevant source - their research might be relevant to you as well, and even more current.
Annual Reviews are comprehensive literature reviews on topics; they are not empirical articles, but summaries of other empirical studies. Use them to familiarize yourself with the research in an area and to mine the references for original empirical research studies. You can browse them or use the Advanced Search to search within specific ones.
**SOCIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS** - abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
Some additional databases that might be useful - must search separately.
** EBSCOhost databases can be searched simultaneously - Click on Academic Search Complete, then, before doing your search, click the Choose Databases link, select the relevant databases for your research topic, and click OK. **
** ProQuest databases can be searched simultaneously also with Sociological Abstracts - Click into Sociological Abstracts, click the databases dropdown at top left, select the relevant databases for your research topic, and click Use Selected Databases button. **
*You can also do the above in the EBSCOhost Discover search, if you'd like to search across all the EBSCOhost databases plus many others.
In Google Scholar:
In Web of Science:
In ProQuest Databases (e.g. Sociological Abstracts):