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BIS 3320 Nature of Intellectual Inquiry

Recommended library resources for students of BIS 3320, including class handouts.

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To find articles by subject go to Databases and select from the list of subjects at the bottom of the page, or, to broaden your search, select a resource from the A-Z list at the top.

If you have a complete citation, go to the library catalog (DISCOVER) and search for the Title of the Journal.

The following is a list of recommended databases containing large collections of scholarly articles with a scientific emphasis:

  • Academic Search Complete: An index to thousands of periodicals and newspapers covering a wide variety of subjects. Academic Search Complete allows limiting to peer-reviewed or scholarly journal articles and includes many full-text and/or page-image articles.
  • EBSCO Power Search allows the simultaneous searching of one or more of the EBSCO databases. Database choices include Academic Search Complete, Book Review Digest, Business Source Complete, INSPEC, MasterFILE Premier, MEDLINE, Military & Government Collection, Regional Business News, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, Art Abstracts, Social Science Abstracts, EconLit, General Science Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, Library Literature and Information Science, Essay and General Literature Index, CINAHL and Pre-CINAHL, ERIC, Education Research Complete, Communication and Mass Media Complete, Humanities International Index, and the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books.
  • ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) is an index to both non-journal material (examples include lesson plans and reports) from Resources in Education (RIE) and an index to journal articles in the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE). The index is an excellent source for materials relating to education. 
  • INSPEC from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, is the leading bibliographic database providing abstracts and indexing to the world's scientific and technical literature. Containing nearly 10 million records, Inspec provides coverage from over 3,800 journals, 3,000 conference proceedings as well as numerous books, dissertations, patents and reports. Inspec allows searching by keyword, author, author's affiliation, Inspec headings, Inspec classification codes and titles, and more.
  • Marquis Who's Who provides access to over 1.4 million brief biographies from 21 titles including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the World and Who Was Who in America. This database provides full-text content from 1985 and allows users to create specialized searches for individuals based on criteria such as occupation, geography, religion, and hobbies.
  • Medline is the most comprehensive index to medicine and health-related sciences. It includes detailed abstracts and links to full text when available.
  • Periodicals Index Online (PIO) indexes the contents of older issues of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. Periodicals Archive Online (PAO), PIO's sister database, is an archive of the full text of hundreds of digitized journals in the arts, humanities, and sociology.
  • PsycInfo indexes over 1,000 journals, reports, conference papers, dissertations, and books covering all aspects of psychology and human development. It contains some foreign language materials and includes abstracts.
  • SCOPUS is a multidisciplinary database covering scientific, technical, medical and social science literature - over 14,000 peer-reviewed titles from 4,000 publishers. Abstracts to over 25 million records with selective linking to full text. Specifically, SCOPUS covers topics in health, life sciences, agricultural and biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, earth and environmental sciences, social science, psychology, and economics, business, and management.
  • Social Sciences Abstracts contains abstracts of articles, interviews, obituaries, biographies, and book reviews in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, law, political science, psychology and sociology).
  • Sociological Abstracts indexes articles from 1,800 journals in sociology and related disciplines. SA is international in scope, including journals in 30 languages from 55 countries.
  • Web of Science is the most comprehensive index in the humanities and science. It also shows how many times an article or an author has been cited since publication. WoS, the online format of the Citation Indexes in paper and formerly known as Web of Knowledge, allows searching across multiple disciplines. WoS indexes the Science Citation Index from 1945 onward, the Social Sciences Citation Index from 1956 onward and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index from 1975 onward.
  • WorldCat is a catalog providing information on millions of books, newspapers, maps, periodicals, government documents, etc. It is one of the most important resources for determining which library owns a particular work.