While there are a variety of places where you can find academic research, a great place to start is with the Library's research database collection. Research databases are searchable collections of articles from scholarly peer-reviewed journals, magazines and newspapers. Lone Star College Libraries subscribe to a large number of database collections that students can search online, anywhere they have computer access.
Not sure where to start? Academic Search Complete is the library's multidisciplinary database that includes articles from a wide variety of subject areas. It can be a great place to begin your research before moving on to databases that specialize in more particular subjects.
Depending on your topic, you may need to search multiple databases. While there is some overlap between databases, each also searches a different set of scholarly journals and resources. To get a more complete picture of the scholarly work on your topic, you will want to search all relevant databases to see what is available.
Google Scholar is Google's version of an academic search.
The Good News: It limits your Google search to scholarly works from a variety of sources including universities and scholarly publishers.
The Bad News: A large portion of the resources found via Google Scholar are locked behind a paywall. (In other words, you have to pay to read the full article or book.)
The Other Good News: The paid resources listed in Google Scholar may be available for free from the Library Databases. See the instructions below for using Full Text Finder to learn how to search for a specific article or journal in the library collections.
Resources that are available for free online usually are linked to the right side in Google Scholar. These may include public domain books, government resources, or open access scholarly articles.
In the midst of your research, you may find citations for articles that you would like to read from looking at the bibliographies/references pages of works that you are reading or maybe through a Google Scholar search. If you have the citation for the article, you can use the Library's Full Text Finder Tool to determine if the article is available through the Lone Star College Libraries.
NOTE: Some titles will not be up-to-date. Check the dates to confirm. If there is a "delay" on the title, it means that the publisher has set a delay before the database can include the issues from their title.
Use your 14-digit library barcode number (located on the back of your student ID card).
Don't have an ID? Get one from the library or fill out the online request form to get a barcode number.
You can also use your Lone Star email and password by clicking the link below the barcode login.