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HSERV 182 Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Family - Jazwinski: Find Scholarly Articles

Recommended Databases

Remember to apply the Search Strategies outlined on the Search Strategy tab.

If you have any trouble using or accessing the databases, you should feel free contact me or another librarian. See the Get Help tab for information on different ways to contact us.

Seriously, I can't find anything!

We recommend searching databases with the 'full-text' box checked so that your results list only contains articles that are available through the database directly. You will find some assignments are more difficult than others to get just the right resources for and you may need to look outside what WCC is able to offer.

If you have searched multiple times, in multiple databases and worked with the librarian you may want to search for articles not held by WCC. This will require you to leave enough time to have the item you need copied and sent from another institution (via Interlibrary Loan).

Going back to the same databases you have searched before DO NOT CHECK the 'full-text' box and use the same keywords you had been using before. You will see the same full-text articles you did in your earlier searches, but also those that the database does not have the rights to reproduce. These are marked with a "Get Full Text" button.

Read the abstracts and see if any of these new articles could help you. If so, print or email the abstract to save the article information. Next, once your article is approved, order a copy of the article from Interlibrary Loan (there is no need to order an article if you are not sure you can use it).


To order the article: From the library home page, click on the Interlibrary Loan link (under the Helpful Links heading) and then choose Article. Fill out your contact information and all the information you have about the article.

Note: On the form the Publication Title is first - this is the name of the journal which is often in the SOURCE field on your article citation page. Then fill out the article title and the rest of the information. If you do not fill out all the fields, the librarian will not be able to locate your article for you. Depending on what library holds the journal you need it could take a week or more to recieve a copy of your article.

Database Search Help

WCC Library subscribes to a wide range of databases. You must be a current student, staff, or faculty member to use these databases. (See the Work Off-Campus tab above.)  You may link to a complete listing of the library's databases or click on the links below to search databases that are recommended for your Term Project. 

Remember to apply the Search Strategies outlined under the Search Strategy tab. Do not type in whole sentences.

Enter your keywords in the search boxes. Before running your search, set your limiters using the limiter boxes below (use the dropdowns under this tab to see how to set your search parameters, view your results and email the article or print it out.)

What is a Summary?

Video from the staff at the Kimbel Library of Coastal Carolina University that explains what a summary is and how to go about writing one (1min 39 sec).

How to Summarize a Research Article

Tips from the Writing Center at UConn on how to find the most important pieces of your peer-reviewed article and summarize them.

Popular vs Scholarly Sources

Video from the folks in the Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University explaining the difference between Popular and Scholarly sources.