Your topic will determine which are the best subject databases for you. For example, if you are doing a study on recent policies on gun violence on college campuses, you would use the databases listed under: Political Science (for journals that talk about policies or laws), Education (for journals talking about higher education), and Criminal Justice (for journals that discuss crime and gun violence).
UCCS students and faculty have access to RefWorks. You can set up an account with your UCCS email address.
The guide linked below describes how to use RefWorks in more detail:
When you are doing research from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in to electronic resources with your UCCS username and password. This is just like logging into Blackboard.
No UCCS holdings for your article?
Request that the article be delivered to you as a PDF by using ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan). This usually takes a few days - or less!
First time users must create an account. You will need to use your UCCS email address and student ID number.
The databases you use will depend on your topic. The following links are popular databases in the areas of political science.
Are you wondering if the article you found is scholarly? Ask youself these questions:
Is this an article that was published in a journal? (Hint: Look near the bottom or top of the page for a journal name, volume number, issue number, year and page numbers.)
Does the article tell you where the author works (and maybe their contact details)? (Hint: Look for footnotes by the author's name.)
Is there an abstract at the beginning of the article? (A summary of the article, written by the authors.)
Does the article end with a bibliography or list of works cited? (There could also be extensive footnotes.)
Is the language in the article more technical than a typical magazine or newspaper?
Does the article's formatting look really boring? (No advertisements or glossy color pictures.)
If you answered YES to most of these questions, the article you're looking at is probably scholarly!