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Summer Reading

A guide for incoming students reading the book Just Kids

Why Databases?

If you're only looking for magazine and journal articles using your usual search engines then you're missing out on a ton on articles you have to pay to read.  Lesley Library pays for subscriptions to journal/magazine databases so you don't have to!

Journal and magazine articles are written by experts in their field, just like books are, but it takes a lot longer to publish a book so journal articles offer the most up-to-date information on a subject.

EBSCOhost is a company that offers a lot of different databases.  Some of them are for specific subjects, like their Art Full Text database, which searches only art journals/magazines.

Academic Search Premier is another EBSCO database that searches a wide variety of journals/magazines. Because it covers a broad range of subjects, it's a good place to go to start your research.

Go to the Academic Search Premier database and try searching for Robert Mapplethorpe.

Notice how the results compare to a Google search.  You have popular news/magazine articles, but you also have in-depth scholarly articles.  For example instead of just finding background info on his life and art, you find articles like "Public Welfare, Artistic Values, and the State Ideology: The Analysis of the 2008 Japanese Supreme Court Obscenity Decision on Robert Mapplethorpe". This would be a more scholarly examination, with a more global perspective than a lot of the stuff you find with Google.

Play around with the search result limiters.  

  • Check off the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals box
  • Use the date slider to limit your results to a certain date range
  • Limit your Source Type to just magazines, newspapers, or academic journals


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