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The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
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The American Society of Civil Engineers is one of the primary sources of research and publications in the field of civil engineering. Online access is provided to their core journals from 1983 to the present.
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Bloomberg BNA’s Tax and Accounting Center offers business students in-depth analytical coverage of more than 500 tax and accounting topics, including practical analysis and expertise in basic and complex tax areas. **This resource is intended for students of the School of Business.**
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Film and Television Literature Index provides indexing and abstracts for hundreds of publications related to film and television studies and well as full text articles and books. It also includes more than 37,400 images from the MPTV Image Archive. Film & Television Literature Index covers all applicable areas of film and television research including film and television theory, screenwriting, production and cinematography.
Open Music Library
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Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, the Open Music Library brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books and music scores from the world’s digital collections. Contains many open access resources as well as links to the Alexander Street resources Foley Library subscribes to. Create an account using your Gonzaga email address for full access to resources.
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UNdata pools major UN databases and those of several international organizations into a single internet environment. The interface allows users to access a large number of UN statistical databases either by browsing the data series or through a keyword search. Data sources include, but are not limited to, WHO, ILO, WTU, UNESCO, and FAO.

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Database Searching Tips & Tricks

While searching:

  • Limit to peer-reviewed journals. That's what your professors expect you to use in your research.
  • Narrow your search. Add a date range, keyword, etc. 
  • Expand keywords with truncation:  bicycl* (retrieves bicycle, bicycles, bicycled, bicycling).
  • Read the abstract of an article to find out if it really is beneficial to your research.
  • Ask for help:  http://researchguides.gonzaga.edu/reference

Database Searching Tips from Foley Librarians

  • LOOK AT THE WHOLE SCREEN FIRST. Before you start searching in an unfamiliar database, look at the whole search screen first. What search tools are available to you? Are there check boxes, limiters, subject headings, indexes, a link to get help?
  • KEEP IT SIMPLE. Search with only the most necessary keywords from your topic and don't use all of them at once. Example (keywords in italics): What are the effects of global warming on the animals in national parks?  You might want to get more specific and search for:  climate change, wildlife, Yellowstone
  • FIND A FEW (2-3) RELEVANT ARTICLES. You don't need to start with 20 articles; find a couple of very relevant ones and read those first. You may discover other topics, authors or references or you may decide to change your topic.
  • SEARCH USING SUBJECT HEADINGS.  Browse a database’s Thesaurus or list of Subject Terms to find subject headings relevant to your topic OR use a subject heading link in an article record to search for more articles with that heading. The Using Subject Headings tutorial below explains it better.
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