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WRT 205/209: Public Discourse & the Writing of Science (Spring 2020): Finding Sources in Library Databases

General Full Text Resources

Along with SUMMON, which helps you to locate full text articles (among many other things), you may want to choose another general/interdisciplinary database when searching for both popular and scholarly articles:

  • ProQuest Research Library
    From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects.

  • OmniFile Full Text MEGA from EBSCO
    Provides full text articles, with their accompanying indexing and abstracts, from the the majority of our Wilson periodical databases.

These resources search a variety of databases and reference sources to return a wide spectrum of scholarly and popular material, and they'll exclude the Book, DVD, Government Document, and other formats available via SUMMON. These resources feature primarily articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals.

Topical Full Text Resources

The resources on the lists below will bring you to more specific, and often scholarly, souces that address your topic. You'll also find access to datasets, multimedia, and other types of resouces among these resources. If you have questions or need help using any of these resources at any time, get in touch with a librarian.

Scientific Literature:

General Science Full Text, designed for students and non-specialists, is easy to use and the first place to look for answers to science-related questions.
Full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters in scientific, technical and medical fields. Contains interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can keep current with research trends. Features embedded links to external datasets, and chemical reactions data from Reaxys.
A unique aggregation of high-impact bioscience research journals, featuring content on a wide-array of today's most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, ecological and biodiversity conservation.

Engineering Village allows you to search Inspec and Compendex simultaneously or alone. Inspec covers the fields of physics, electronics, computing, control engineering and information technology. It includes journal articles, conference proceedings, patents, and dissertations from 1898 to present.

Collection of information needed to understand the Nation's water resources, and access to water data, publications, and maps, as well as to recent water projects and events.
Government reports, transcripts, and bills from the US Department of Agriculture.
Gateway to numerous authoritative scientific databases and websites provided by U.S. Government agencies, including the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Interdisciplinary Databases:

ACM Digital Library
Full text articles, ebooks, abstracts, and reviews published in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) periodicals and proceedings.

Multidisciplinary; draws on the connections between agriculture, industry, the environment and a variety of disciplines.

Worldwide literature citations pertaining to all aspects of agriculture and related fields. Includes journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports.

Business Source Elite
Business, management, and industry publications, many of which deal with agriculture, sustainability, and green trends in business.

Mass Media/Popular Sources/News & Newspaper Sources:

Access more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790, together with extensive current and historical U.S. state and federal statutes, published court decisions and regulations. Registering for a free ID and password within the interface is recommended for those looking to take advantage of personalization features such as alerts, saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

Alt-Press Watch
Full text of selected newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Index to evening news and some special reports from major U.S. national broadcast networks from 1968 to present for ABC, CBS and NBC, 1995 to present for CNN, and 2004 to present for FoxNews. NBC and CNN allow video streaming online. Advertising that ran adjacent to reports is often available (e.g., search “commercial” and a brand name).

Non-English language/Non-United States televised news, and some non news entertainment programming.  Streamed in real time, as well an an archive of older broadcasts for dozens of countries.  Live streaming schedule uses U.S. Central time zone (when looking at SCOLA's World TV Online schedules, subtract one hour from local Syracuse NY time).
Opinion Journalism:

The Nation
Progressive/liberal opinion magazine, online coverage is 1865 thru present - and includes letters to the editor

National Review
Conservative opinion magazine, online coverage is 1955 thru present -  and includes letters to the editor