Below is an example search using the database RILM. I have screen shots of the search process. If you'd like to see videos of searching a database, go to:
NOTE: These videos aren't tailored to EWU, so finding the full text if the article isn't there is not shown. If you need help on that part, scroll down.
Type in Your Search Terms
We got over 4000 results -- I would suggest trying to narrow down to 30-60 results, or at least down to less than 100 results. How? By using the limiters supplied. The database wants to help us narrow down. Note the various limiters on the left side:
Narrowing by Subject
Reviewing Your Results
Click on the title of the article to read the abstract. In RILM, you won't be able to see how many pages the article is without looking at the full text of the article. (It only lists the first page number.)
Finding the Full Text
Sometimes the full article is available right there. Look for a PDF link.
If it's not full text right there, look for the Check for Full Text button.
Clicking the Check for Full Text button in the databases brings up a screen like the one below...
If the article is available online, it will say Online Access. Scroll down to the View It section to see links to databases (in the example, it's full text in 3 different databases).
If the article is not available full text, it will say Check Availability. Scroll down to the Get It section to see if we have it in print or microfilm -- if we do, there will be a call number and note the years. This is more likely to be applicable for older articles from the 1990s or earlier. (Unless you live close to campus, we will scan copies of articles in our physical holdings. Just use the Interlibrary Loan request and put in the comments section that we have it, but you are an online student.)
If we do not have it online, then you may request it via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Use the link from the View Online or Get It section.