Finding Articles

There are no articles in The UA Libraries Catalog or OhioLINK. You must search the following databases to find articles on your topic. Use a 'keyword' search to locate a relevant article, then use the 'subject' field to locate similar items. When you find an article in any database you must check The UA Libraries Catalog for the journal title. If Akron does not have the article you need, you must request the article with ILLiad.

Article Databases

To use these article databases from off-campus you will need to use UA VPN or OhioLINK Remote Authentication.
  • Academic Search Complete - Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
  • America: History and Life - America: History and Life is a comprehensive bibliography of articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. AHL offers abstracts and citations for articles appearing in over 2,000 journals published worldwide in history, related humanities, and the social sciences. Coverage also includes citations to book reviews from approximately 100 major journals of American history and culture and relevant dissertations from Dissertation Abstracts International.
  • ArticleFirst - Index to articles from over 12,000 journals.
  • Business Source Complete - This is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the ultimate collection of bibliographic and full-text content. Business Source Complete contains far more active, peer-reviewed, business related journals than any other database currently available. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals.
  • Econlit - EconLit, published by the American Economic Association, provides bibliographic coverage of a wide range of economics-related literature. An expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) indexes of journals, books, and dissertations, EconLit covers both economic theory and application. Literature covered is of interest to researchers, academics, product managers, advertisers, product development specialists, and public policy professionals. EconLit includes information that is of prime relevance to many industries and research establishments world-wide. Over 80% of all current records include abstracts. Also included are fulltext of book reviews published in the Journal of Economic Literature since 1993.
  • Humanities Full-Text - Contains full text for over 550 journals of interest in art, philosophy, history, communications, and general interest.
  • Infotrac Full-Text Articles (1,000 Journals) - Index to citations in 1,000 journals with full-text access to almost 900 journals. Covers many subject areas at the undergraduate level. Includes or has links to full text.
  • Sociological Abstracts - Index and abstracts to articles in sociology. Includes or has links to full text. Sociological Abstracts is no longer updated (1963-2005).

Finding Full-Text Journals Online

Many scholarly journals are offered in full-text. Use the following to locate full-text journals.
  • A to Z List (E-Journal Portal) - Find full-text electronic journals available at The University of Akron. Search for title words/phrases or browse individual collections.
  • EJC - Full text of 6000+ research journals. Includes or has links to full text.
  • Electronic Journals - Browse the UA Libraries Catalog for a list of electronic journals subscribed to by The University of Akron Libraries.
  • Highwire Press - Archive of free full-text science articles.
  • JSTOR - The JSTOR archive holds the complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600s. New titles and disciplines are being added regularly. Issues of journals are never “out”; they are always accessible, and in excellent condition. The capacity for searching across disciplines opens up vast possibilities for scholarship and research.

Finding Books

In each catalog use a 'word' search to find relevant books. Click on or search by the 'subject' field of the relevant item to find similar items.

Professional Associations

  • American Geographical Society - The American Geographical Society is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners - The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the American Planners Association's professional institute. This website provides information about becoming a certified planner, access to the AICP's quarterly online publication "Practicing Planner", and a job listing service for members.
  • American Planning Association - The American Planning Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing urban, rural, and regional planning. The APA advocates planning through local chapters, connects those in specific areas of planning in special divisions, and grants reduced membership rates to students.
  • Association of American Geographers - The AAG is a scientific and educational society dedicated to the advancement of geography. The AAG is composed of 10,000 members from over 60 countries coming from a wide range of geography-related disciplines. The AAG publishes two scholarly journals and a monthly newsletter and supports 53 specialty groups within the organization.
  • Canadian Association of Geographers - The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) is the only national organization in Canada representing geographers and includes practicing geographers from both the public and private sectors. The CAG cooperates with other international organizations for the advancement of geographic research and education.
  • International Geographical Union - The International Geographical Union (IGU) promotes geographic research and education and advocates international cooperation between geographers and standardization of geographic methods, nomenclature, and symbols. This website includes links to national organizations and university geography departments around the world.
  • International Society of City and Regional Planners - ISOCARP is a global organization of professional planners dedicated to improving cities and territories through planning. This organization is active across the globe but maintains a strong European emphasis.
  • National Geographic Society - The National Geographic Society works in the field and classroom to promote geographic education and conservation. This resource covers a wide range of geographic topics and includes material intended for all age groups.
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association - URISA is a multidisciplinary organzation dedicated to promoting the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies. URISA is the founding member of the GIS Certification Institute, the organization that administers professional certification for the field and is dedicated to advancing the industry. GISCorps, which provides volunteer GIS support for underdeveloped countries and to support disaster recovery efforts, is also a URISA initiative.