To get to the online content that the Library offers, you must log in first.
Basic Search Techniques
Each database interface looks a little different. But they usually have some common features and there are similar search techniques you can use:
- Enclose phrases in quotation marks: "social informatics"
- Use * (or sometimes ! or ?) to truncate words: hawaii* searches for hawaii, hawaiian, hawaiians
- Re-sort search results if needed: by Relevance, or Most Recent First.
- Note Export, E-Mail or Print features, and Previous Search buttons.
Read this first. Use the suggested article databases to search for journal articles across disciplines. Often the full text of the article will be immediately accessible in the database you search. Sometimes, however, the database only provides a citation (article title, journal name, year, etc.) for the article. If you have only a citation, determine if the library has the journal that contains the article you want by following the steps in the box to the right.
See More Databases for CIS for more discipline-specific database suggestions.
Can't Find It Online?
If the database you're searching doesn't seem to have the full text of the article attached, try these steps:
- Look for the Find It box. Clicking on that will launch a search through all of our online content.
- Search for the journal title in the Electronic Journals & Books A-Z list
- If it's still not found online, check our library to see if we have a paper subscription to the journal. Search Hawaii Voyager, and use the "Journal Title Begins With" search option.
- If all of that fails, and if you have time, ask us to get a copy of it for you from another library.