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SSI1-149: Transgressive Bodies: Articles & More

Database Search Tips

Number 1 Search Tip:

Use Advanced Search and limit features whenever possible. Subset limits, date limits, citation searches, subject searches, etc. -- are all useful timesavers.

More Search Tips:

  • Start with a general search.
  • Use quotes for phrases.
    • 'modern dance"
  • Use AND to find all the words on your topic.
  • Use OR to find any of the words on your topic.
    • ex. dance AND (male OR masculinity OR men)
  • The symbol * is used as a right hand truncation character in most databases; it will find all forms of a word.
    • Ex. danc* will retrieve dance, dancers, dancing, etc.
  • Be flexible in your searching.

Too MUCH Information?

  • Use more specific words.
  • Narrow your search by adding more words connecting them with AND.
  • Do a subject search instead of a keyword search.
  • Put phrases in quotation marks.

Too LITTLE Information?

  • Try different search words, including synonyms, broader terms, or related words.
  • Use the truncation symbol * to get all forms of a word.
  • Try a different database.
  • Ask a librarian for help.

Practice Finding the Full Text in Primo

Use Primo Advanced Search to find out if the full text for the following article is available:

Abra, Allison. "Doing the Lambeth Walk: Novelty Dances and the British Nation." Twentieth Century British History, vol. 20, no. 3, Sept. 2009, pp. 346-369.

Where's The Fulltext?

There are three methods for obtaining the actual articles you wish to read:

Method 1: In some databases, you will be able to link directly to the fulltext article. Look around, as different databases have different interfaces. Look for a link or buttons that says "Check for Full Text" or Download PDF or similar. If given the choice between a PDF or HTML version of the article, always choose the PDF format. This will give you an exact image, including page numbers, of the article as it appears in the paper journal.

Method 2: If a direct link to full text is not available, then look for a link that checks for fulltext in Primo Search to see if the library subscribes to the journal.

Method 3: Use Interlibrary Loan. See box below.

Tipasa: Interlibrary Loan

If your article is not available at Collins Library, you've got another option to getting it. Use Tipasa, our interlibrary loan service.

You'll need to set up an account the first time you use it and log in subsequently.

Once you have an account, either go directly to Tipasa and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form, like this:

Interlibrary Loan Link

Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your  article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived. If it's delivered in paper, you'll receive it right in your campus mailbox.

Multidisciplinary Databases

The databases listed below are examples of multidisciplinary finding tools.

Through these databases you will find scholarly articles, popular magazine articles, newspaper articles, and many other types of materials that have been published in periodicals that come from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives.

Searching these databases is an excellent way to discover which disciplines have studied your topic, and get a sense of the different perspectives they bring to the topic.

Once you've explored some of these tools you may then want to search a subject specific database to get a more in-depth collection of materials related to your topic that come from that discipline.

Subject Databases

There are several databases from which to choose when you are seeking scholarly work. For this course, you most likely will want to search one or more subject databases.  Subject databases are focused on a single discipline or interdisciplinary field and index books, essays in books, and scholarly articles. 

Dance Research Journal

Dance Research Journal is the longest running, peer reviewed journal in its field, and has become one of the foremost international outlets for dance research scholarship. The journal carries scholarly articles, book reviews, and a list of books and journals received.

Streaming Media

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Search these film sources to find interviews, documentaries, and performances.

Highlighted Films

Historical Newspapers