Library databases enable you to search for journal articles, and in some cases conference papers, book chapters, reports, dissertations and many other types of information.
Databases collect together articles in subject areas, allowing you to limit your searching to databases that are relevant to your area of research.
The Library 'Search' allows you to find some articles, but many key journals for communications are not available in Library 'Search', so it is important to use Library databases.
Tip: In many cases you can link to the full text of articles in these databases by clicking the check for full text option.
Most of the articles in the China Academic Journals(CAJ) database are available as PDFs, but a small minority of articles cant be read or downloaded using PDF. Instead, they require the CAJViewer. Each article gives two download options, CAJdownload and PDF. You will see the link to CAJdownload on the left of the PDF link.
Information about downloading articles from CAJ
The CAJViewer is not automatically loaded on to Monash computers. However, Monash staff can ask e-solutions to download the software on to your Monash computer. Or you can download the software yourself (free) on to your home computer or laptop. The CAJviewer 7.2 software is available for download from the CNKI home page under the Service tab. http://eng.oversea.cnki.net.ezproxy-trials.lib.monash.edu.au/kns55/#
Plan and execute an effective search using the following six steps. This example uses one of the key database for Communications - Communication & Mass Media Complete
While the effect of OR is to widen the search, AND narrows or focuses the search. You may see them referred to as Boolean operators in search guides.
This is how the example search is entered in the Communication & Mass Media Complete search engine:
Look for terms within the results, especially Subject terms, which you can use to refine the initial search.
Subject terms collectively describe the main themes of the article. The same subject terms will also appear in the records for other articles in the database which substantially cover those themes.
Searching on subject terms can therefore be an effective way of focusing the search on the most relevant articles. They may also suggest terminology or aspects of the topic that you had not considered.
Below is an example of a modified search based on subject terms identified in various records from the initial search. The selection of Subject in the drop down menu will limit the search to only that part of the record. In general, the fields selected for a search do not have to be the same; eg one concept set may be set to subject terms and another in the same search may remain as the default setting
Further tips for modifying a search
To focus the initial search:
To widen the initial search:
Typing a truncation symbol after the root of a word will find variations of that word. This can be a powerful way of expanding the search. The truncation symbol is often a star or asterisk (*). For a particular database check the online help to confirm the symbol to use. For example:
Google Scholar is another resource to locate quality material.
If you use the link below (or the links in Library Search and the A-Z Databases page) to access Google Scholar, you'll be able to use the Check for full text link to go straight to many of the articles contained in the Monash University Library databases.
Did you know?
A forum where researchers and scholars first report their findings and ideas. Journals are ongoing publications also referred to as serials, periodicals, magazines or newspapers.