For your ESU courses you might be working on several types of projects. What this means is that there are a wide range of databases that Kemp has available for you to use, depending on your project's focus.
When looking for articles these Kemp Library databases are usually the first place to look for articles. Depending on your topic, these may not be the only ones that can help you.
For example, you can also browse the Library of Congress' databases based on topics/subjects.
Use the Search Strategy tab for finding books, articles, etc.
Databases have more sophisticated search features than Google Scholar, but if you have a one or two word topic Google Scholar can be useful.
However, if you're having trouble finding something specific, try Google Scholar. For example you want "Game of Thrones and Graffiti" and you don't see it in a database, search the title of the article in Google Scholar (here you'd search "Game of Thrones and Graffiti").
If we don't have it and you can't access it on Google Scholar, you can always request it via interlibrary loan (see the "We Don't Have It?" tab).
A great way to find the top journals in your subject is to go to SCImago Journal and Country Rank and to look at the journals that are the top in your subject area.
Go here and then look at "All Subject Areas" OR "All Subject Categories" (don't do both) and pick the broad subject (like linguistics, sociology, classics, nurse assisting, etc. to see top journals in the field.
If you want journals you can instantly access, hit the box "display only Open Access Journals" right under the drop down menus.
Example with subject category Archeology (arts and humanities) and display only Open Access Journals:
Reading these sections of an article/book will help you determine if the item you're looking at is relevant to your research. The title, abstract and discussion/conclusion are usually all you really need to read from an article to see if you can use it.
1. This is actually a fantastic article on different types of articles, the parts of an article, and how to reach and interpret each part.
3. Tips and tricks on how to break down and read articles from the graduate program at Penn State.
Really what you should know is this:
Both of these videos discuss what articles are, and different ways/strategies to take notes. There are MANY more! There is no one right way to take notes or read an article. These are just background and to give you ideas if you're completely stuck.