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Finding and Selecting Articles


Now it’s time to put your searching knowledge to work. Imagine that you are preparing for a debate on your topic. You need to find information that will support your arguments as well as inform you about the topic as a whole. So… use your mad search skills to find the best articles possible!

  1. In each of the following databases, find one full-text article on your topic:MAS Ultra School Edition (from Ebsco)
    Academic OneFile (from Infotrac/Gale)
    Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
     (select a newspaper article)
  2. Go to NoodleBib and begin a bibliography you will share with a class called “Databases.” Write a citation for each article in APA format. Under “Online retrieval information,” enter a DOI if one is provided. If not, use the database entry URL (example: http://web.ebscohost.com).Skim the articles and, for each citation, write 3-4 sentence annotations that:
    • summarize the content of the article
    • describe how the article will be useful to you in preparing for your debate
  3. Describe one new thing you learned about this TOPIC just from skimming the articles and writing the annotations.
  4. Which database do you prefer using?

______ MAS Ultra School Edition (from Ebsco)

______ Academic OneFile (from Infotrac/Gale)

______ Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe

Why do you prefer it? Be specific! Don’t just say “it pulled up the best results” – talk about how the search process worked for you or the nature of the sources, etc.


5. Use the A-Z list of UIUC online journals and newspapers link to find the database that contains the full text of the Los Angeles Times for the year 1970. The name of the company that produces the database is:

Select an article about Earth Day from the April 22, 1970 issue and create a citation on your NoodleBib bibliography. No annotation necessary for this one!