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IS 300 : Finding Articles: Basics

The basics of searching for IS/IT articles.

News and Updates

Current situation as of Aug. 24, 2020

 Limited contactless check-out from our library, including laptops and AV equipment from the Digital Media Lab began on Aug. 17, be aware there may be significant time delays even if requests are successful. Curbside pickup instructions.

Interlibrary Loan is available and functioning on a limited basis: articles and book chapters (NOT whole books) can be requested and are being processed successfully IF the material is available digitally (requests made by using the Find It links in our databases usually have few issues). No requests for hard copy of any sort (print books, microfilm) are being processed. 

Individual online research appointments are available, schedule here or below my contact information.

IS/IT Searching

BasicsArticles are individual works published in Periodicals [ also called serials, which include: journals, magazines, transactions, conference proceedings, etc.].  Databases make searching possible by indexing articles using standard fields: author(s), article title, publication, date of publication, page numbers. This is the same information you include in a standard citation in a bibliography / works cited / footnote.  

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Drew Alfgren
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IEEE Xplore, ACM Digital Library, CASC

If you are looking for academic / professional articles with a strictly IS/IT perspective use IEEE XpLore or the ACM Digital Library. IEEE and ACM are professional organizations that publish a huge variety of periodicals from the most technical/academic publications to popular and trade magazines. YOU CAN SEARCH BY KEYWORD, THEN NARROW RESULTS BY AUTHOR, PUBLICATION, SUBJECT HEADINGS, OR DATE. 

CASC [COMPUTER AND APPLIED SCIENCE COMPLETE] is a database of IS/IT/CS related articles from many different publishers -including IEEE and ACM- that can provide a wider perspective on topics than either of the others does alone. 

Business and Other

IS / IT articles from a business perspective can be found in Business Source Complete. Additional disciplinary and Multidisciplinary databases can be found on the full IS/CS Subject Guide.

Citation Searching

Citation Searching is done using known articles to find additional, related articles that cite them. The primary database for this is Web of Science.