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Researching Local Topics: Journal / Magazine Articles

A guide for researchers examining issues in the islands.

Research Tip

Why can't I find anything?

The library's databases contain millions of articles from thousands of journals.  Oftentimes, if you are having trouble finding relevant articles, the issue is with your keywords.  Make sure you are using a good search strategy and a select number of keywords.  However, if your topic is too "local", you may have to broaden your search terms or even change them.    

Can I access databases off campus?

Indeed.  If you encounter problems, try the troubleshooting page.

What is Full-Text?

Full text means that you will be able to read/view the entire text of the article - not just an index entry or abstract.

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Finding scholarly literature on local topics

The library subscribes to a variety of databases which contain millions of peer-reviewed and scholarly journal articles.  Many will include Hawaiʻi related research and data.  Listed below are some of the best bet databases for finding scholarly articles on local issues:

Hawaiian Journals

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is linked to the UHMC Library. If Google Scholar finds an article which is available through the Library's subscription databases, you will be able to have access to it.  To do this you must do one of two things:

  1. Use the Google Scholar link from the Library's A-Z List of Databases.
  2. Manually link your Google Scholar account to the UHMC library. Click on the three horizontal bars in the upper left, click Settings > Library Links: enter "University of Hawaii Maui College" in the area provided. 

 Articles indicated with "Get Article" are available through UHMC Library.

For more information, consult the UHMC Library Guide to Google Scholar.