Urban Community Studies Research Guide

Research in Inner City and Urban Community Studies

UCS Librarian

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Robin Harris
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Finding Articles

How Do I Find Articles?

There are several ways to find articles.  If you're new to research or you want to run a general search, we recommend using the NEIU Libraries Search Bar.  The Library Search bar is a great way to see what's out there on a topic or to see if we have a specific article.  Click here for instructions on using the Library Search Bar.

If you want to do more in-depth research in an area, our librarians recommend searching in a subject-specific database.  Academic Databases are searchable, online collections of scholarly research sources like journal articles, conference papers, theses, etc.  They are useful for more focused or developed research projects.  Click here for instructions on searching in a database.

What is a journal and a peer reviewed article?

In this video, you will learn how to evaluate the difference between scholarly journals and other kinds of periodicals, and how to describe the peer-review process.

Length: 1:24

What are the NEIU Libraries' databases and which one should I use?

In this video, you will learn what a database is (vs. a website or search engine), and how to evaluate which database may be best suited for your own research.

Length: 1:23

How should I search in a database?

In this video, you will learn how to create and use keywords based on your research topic to search in an academic database.

Length: 1:28

Find the Full Text of an Article

Find It at NEIU

This button provides direct links from the NEIU Libraries' databases to online full-text articles, when available. If the full text of an article is not available online, request a copy of the article through WorldShare interlibrary loan.

Or search for a specific journal by Title or ISSN.

Databases: best bets