Searching for articles
Discovery systems try to combine the two search methods described below by searching across many databases at once AND providing full-text access. Barbaros Library provides a discovery system that can be used to search most of their collections at once. Click here for more information.
Advantage: Searches many databases at once and provides access to full-text.
Disadvantage: Only searches the collections of one institution and cannot be integrated with all databases.
Academic Search Engines
Using an academic search engine is a convenient way to search across many databases and journals at once, and while academic search engines sometimes link directly to full-texts, you will often need to find an article using EZB or BAU Databases once you have the citation.
Advantage: The ability to search thousands of journals at once.
Disadvantage: Doesn't always offer full-text of citations.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Google Scholar
Google Scholar Strengths
|Google Scholar Weaknesses
Table 1. Google Strengths & Weaknesses, from NYU Libraries. Advanced Google Searching: Google Scholar. NYU Libraries. New York University. 29 Nov 2017.<https://guides.nyu.edu/googlescholar>.
BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) is a multi-disciplinary search engine to scholarly internet resources, created by Bielefeld University Library in Bielefeld, Germany. As of 2022, it had indexed over 280 million documents from over 9000 sources.1
CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is a service provided by the Knowledge Media Institute [Wikidata] based at The Open University, United Kingdom.1
Finding full-text with citations
After finding a citation with an academic search engine or via the bibliography of an already acquired source, it's time to find the full-text.
Option 1: Search EZB to see if BI has access to the journal
Option 2: Search the BAU Discovery System to see if the journal is available from BAU
Option 3: Use the BAU EZProxy Bookmarklet to immediately see if full-text is available via BAU
Another option is to search for your topic directly in a database. The advantage of this is that you don't need to search for the full-text after finding an article that's relevant. On the other hand, you may need to perform that same search in several databases.
BI-accessible databases are indexed in DBIS.
Advantage: Full-text is immediately available to view / download.
Disadvantage: Only searches the journals available in the database being searched.
1 Source: Wikipedia