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SOC 5 (Hirose) - Global Change: Journal and Magazine Articles

Online Databases

The LPC Library subscribes to several online databases that contain articles published in magazines and newspapers. 

Start with these multiple subject databases

Additional databases to use depending on the focus of your topic

Search Terms

Search terms are important for good results. The computer is looking only for the words in the search box. Generally in the Basic Search mode, the computer is only looking for the search terms in: Title, Abstract and Subject Headings.

Subject Headings are listed after the magazine/journal title information. When a good article is found, look at the Subject Headings. Repeat those terms in your search to find more articles on the same subject.

1) Determine the key words (Look at some of the search terms listed on the "Books" tab)

2) Use quotation marks around any phrases

3) Look at Subject Headings listed under the Title information

4) Having trouble getting results? Broaden or change your search strategy

Search Tips

Sample search terms:

  • Farmer's market
  • Farmer's market and local foods
  • Obesity
  • Obesity and children
  • Obesity and children and fast food


Use only the key words from your research question.  Do not type in a whole phrase.

  • Example: DON'T = Organic food is more nutritious and healthy
  • Example:  DO = Organic food and nutrition

Add more key words if you get too many results.

  • Example: Organic food
  • Example: Organic food and fruits
  • Example: Organic food and fruits and pesticides

Try different related words or synonyms.

  • Example: farms; farming; agriculture; agricultural

Try truncating your key words.  Most databases have advanced features such truncation to allow for searching variant spellings or word endings.

  • Example: neighbor#
  • By adding the # in an Academic Search Complete search you will get results for neighbor, neighbors, neighboring, neighborhood, etc.



As always, if you need research assistance, please contact a librarian.  A librarian can suggest further search terms, strategies, or databases to try.

Login Instructions

If you are using any of the library's online databases from off-campus, you will need to log in.

Username: Your W Number*


  • First 2 letters of first name,
  • First 2 letters of last name,
  • Last 4 digits of W#
  • Example: jado6789

* Don't know your W#, look it up in Class-Web.