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Electronic Research for Faculty and Staff

Quick guide: JSTOR | Project Muse | ScienceDirect | Finding Journals | Managing Citations

The Library has several electronic full-text collections of scholarly material that are capable of supporting many types of faculty research.

JSTOR logo JSTOR is an archive of scholarly articles with complete back runs of many titles but because of its role as an archive, no current issues. The typical JSTOR gap between their back issues and the most recent publication is anywhere from one to five years. There's still a lot of great cross-discipline material within the collection, though. In an effort to make it easier to track down specific articles, they've also added an article locator. 


Project Muse logo Project Muse is a scholarly collection of current work, comprised of 300 humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 publishers. Muse has an easy-to-use search interface, and uses Library of Congress subject headings, which are also used in the catalog. For certain topics, subject headings are easier to use than keywords. Project Muse also supports RSS feeds, meaning you can have a journal's table of contents delivered straight to your RSS reader.


ScienceDirect logo ScienceDirect is a scholarly collection of articles and books covering Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities. LaGuardia's subscription includes over 2,000 titles. Like Project Muse, ScienceDirect also supports RSS feeds.


If there are certain journals you're interested in using for your research, you can see our print holdings by using the catalog Journal Title Search. You can see our electronic holdings by using the 'Find a Specific Journal/Magazine' lookup tool.

Step one to use Serials Solutions is clicking the 'Find a Specific Journal/Magazine tab on the database page Step two is typing in the journal title
Step one is clicking the Find a Specific Journal tab. Step two is typing the journal title. Then, you can see which databases hold that particular journal.


Managing your electronic research can almost be a full-time job. While there's no simple solution, there are some things that can make your life easier. RefWorks can keep track of your citations, and help you format them. You don't have to download RefWorks. It works in your web browser. Some web-based tutorials on using RefWorks are here. Zotero is a free download that works with the Firefox browser (Firefox can be downloaded for free). Zotero is slightly complicated, but offers a lot of functionality. Details are here.

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