Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2015     Views: 75


I cannot answer a question for you, but I can help you with researching the topic.

For the below links, you will need to log in with your last name and College of the Mainland 7-digit student ID number when you are off campus, since our databases are only accessible to our students.

To access articles, go to our A-Z Databases libguide. At the top, you will see tabs for different topics/courses. Just select the tab best for your assignment. In this case, select the Business, Industry & Vocational tab.

From there you will see a list of several databases. I first selected Academic Search Complete. The search phrase I used was: employee benefits AND satisfaction. The capitalized "AND" tells the database to find articles that mention both concepts.

From your result list, use the limiters on the left to narrow your results. First, check the box next to Full Text. You can also select References Available if you want the articles to have their own Works Cited/Reference page.

Next, you can slide the bar under the Publication Date range to obtain more recent articles. 

Then click the Subject Thesaurus Term heading. You will see a short list of subjects with a blue Show More link under them. Click that link to get a dialog box with all the subjects present in the result list. Check the ones that pertain to your topic.

When you find an article you like, click on the hyperlinked title to access the detailed record page with the publication info, subject terms and abstract. The full text links will be on the top left. Once in the article, use the tools on the right to obtain your citation, save, print, or email an article to yourself.

Most of the other databases are also EBSCO, so the search technique will be much the same.  It's possible you may have to use slightly different keywords, and some of the databases have a Subject heading instead of a Subject Thesaurus heading.

ProQuest is another good database, and it isn't EBSCO. In the search bar on the home page, enter your search terms and check the Full Text box under the search bar. 

You will again use the limiters on the left. To adjust the Publication Date range, slide the bar and hit the Update button. You can select the headings for Subject, Classification, Language, etc. to narrow further. Each time you do so, you will again see a short list with a blue More Options link. Click that. and you will again get dialog boxes so you can select the best options for you.

Clicking the title link takes you directly into the article. The tabs at the top allow you to view it in PDF (when available) and see the detailed record page. The article tools are on the top right.

I am also linking to a couple of libguides that give more tips and instructions for using the databases below.

If you are not a COM student, you won't be able to access the databases. In that case once you select the Business tab in the A-Z Databases libguide, scroll to the bottom of the page to see a list of reliable open access databases. Also consider contacting the library at your own college, as they will have similar resources available to you as a student.

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