Searching Library Literature & Information Science Full Text


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1 of 2In this tutorial, you will learn how to find articles using Library Literature & Information Science Full Text. This database is a key resource for anyone studying library and information science. It includes articles and book reviews from over 400 journals, as well as book chapters, library school theses, and conference proceedings.


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Using the page to your right, select Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson).

You may be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

You are now in Library Literature & Information Science Full Text.


Search by keyword

You are curious how e-books are impacting libraries. Type e-books in the search box and click Search.

You should retrieve about 4000 results. Look at your results and what order they are in.

How are they sorted?

Search using subject terms

You want to narrow your results to something more manageable.

Look at the left column. Notice there is a Subject category. Click on the arrow to view the subjects associated with your results.

What is a subject?

There is a subject called Electronic books. Click on the box next to this subject. Notice that the results are automatically updated. 

Your results are greatly reduced and are much more relevant than a keyword search.

Sort your results

Since you still have a lot of results and are interested in the topic generally, use the drop-down to change from Date Newest to Relevance.

Analyze your results

Scroll down until you find the result titled, "The Perceived Impact of E-books on Student Reading Practices: A Local Study." Click on the title to open up the detailed record.

Click on the linked source title to find out more about this publication. Is the publication peer reviewed? 

Go back to the article record. When was it published?

Add results to your folder

On the right column, notice the Add to folder option. Click on this link.

This record has now been added to your temporary folder.

Refine your results

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Now you are particularly interested in the impact of e-books on academic libraries.

Click on the <Result List link at the top of the record to go back to your list of results. Look again at the Subject list in the left column to see what controlled vocabulary might help you limit to academic libraries. Click on Show more to see the full list of relevant subjects.

What subject term is used to represent "building the collection of materials held within university libraries?"

Refine your results

2 of 4Close the pop-up box.

Go to the search boxes at the top of the page.

Remove e-books and type academic libraries. From the drop-down menu, select SU Subject.

In the second search box, type electronic books and select SU Subject.

Click Search.

Notice you have significantly fewer results. Your results are now all related to e-books and academic libraries.

Refine your results

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You are interested particularly in peer reviewed articles.

What is peer reviewed?

Look for the refine options in the left column. In the section titled Limit To, select the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

You will now have only results that are about e-books and academic libraries and that are from peer-reviewed publications.

Note that this does not mean that everything listed is a peer-reviewed article, such as book reviews, opinion pieces, and summary documents. Be sure to analyze an individual article to confirm it is peer-reviewed.

Refine your results

4 of 4Make sure your results are still sorted by Relevance.

Find the article titled, "Not in Love, or Not in the Know? Graduate Student and Faculty Use (and Non-Use) of E-Books."


What is the name of the peer-reviewed journal?

Click the link to Add to folder.

Access full text

You now have 2 articles in your folder. Select Folder at the top of the page.

The article, "The Perceived Impact of E-books on Student Reading Practices" has a link to PDF Full Text. Clicking on this will open the full text of the article.

The article, "Not in Love, or Not in the Know?..." has a Linked Full Text option that will take you to the full text.

Format citations

Click on the title for one of these two articles to go to its full bibliographic record. Notice the Cite icon and link in the right column.

Click on Cite and you will see a list of citation options for this article. APA is the format generally used in Library and Information Science.

NOTE: It's very important to double-check each citation to make sure it has been formatted correctly. Details such as capitalization, punctuation, italicization, or date order may be incorrect.

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