There’s no denying that you can find loads with a Google search: millions of webpages, documents, and all sorts of other things. If you’re looking for a journal article though, it’s much better to go through the Library Gateway.
Why not Google?
Going through Google, you’ll probably find the details of the journal article you need, but struggle to get access to the full text. The journal website won’t have any way of knowing that you’re a Sheffield Hallam student, so you won’t benefit from the University’s subscriptions.
Library Search and databases
Log in to shuspace and click on the link to the Library Gateway.
Most of the journal articles you’ll need for your course can be accessed through Library Search. You should be able to get the full text of articles.
Sometimes, you lecturer might suggest a specific journals database, e.g. CINAHL. Databases are often focused on particular subjects, so your searches can be more precise. Go to your subject guide and have a look on the Journals page to find the database you need. If you can’t see it there, try the A-Z list of databases instead.
Tip: if you’re in a database and can’t get to the full text of an article, log in to shuspace and try again. If you still can’t get access, contact us.
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Library Search on the Library Gateway is a great place to look for reading material when you’re working on an assignment or revising for an exam, but sometimes it can feel like you aren’t getting the right results. What do you do then? Try these 3 things…
Remove some filters – have you used loads of filters? ‘Full text online’, ‘Content type’, ‘Publication date’ and others are great for specifying exactly the sort of resource you want. If you use several of them at once though, it can narrow down the number of results until you’ve got hardly any left. Think about using fewer filters to get more results, and hopefully more useful results.
Use other keywords – if the search terms you’ve typed into Library Search aren’t getting you the results you need, try some alternatives. For example, if you’ve done a search for ‘NHS’, what about ‘National Health Service’? Remember that Library Search works by looking for words and phrases in the titles and descriptions of books, articles and other things, so you need to search for different terms that the author could have used.
Look in databases – Library Search is the best place to start, but the library’s journals databases have extra resources for some topics. To get an idea of which databases are the most useful for your subject, have a look at the Journals page of your subject guide.
Still stuck? Go to the library Helpdesk or get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.
Journals databases are collections of journal articles, often on a particular subject but sometimes across a wider area. Library Search will find you most of the library resources you need for your assignments, but databases can sometimes offer access to even more articles. If one of your lecturers recommends a database, the first thing you’ll need to do is find it. Here’s the easiest way.
1. Go to the Library Gateway. Most people follow the link at the top of shuspace.
2. On the Gateway front page, click on the A-Z list of databases link.
3. You’ll see a long list of databases – over 330 at last count – so it’s a good idea to search for the one you want rather than scrolling down the list. Type the title (or as much of the title as you know) into the search box, then click ‘Go’.
4. The database your lecturer mentioned should appear in the search results. Click on the relevant link and you’ll be taken to the database’s front page, where you can search for articles on the topics it covers.
If you can’t see the database you want in the A-Z list, the best thing to do is contact the Library and we’ll help you track it down.