Just one good research article can help you find other articles on the same topic in four different ways:
When you have a citation in hand, it's tempting to go to the database with which you're most familiar and type in the title of the article. But since Fitchburg State provides access to over 100 databases, the article is very likely indexed somewhere else.
The fastest way to find out if we have the full text of an article is to use the library's Journal Locator tool.
Find the title of the journal in your citation and type it into Journal Locator. In this example the title is Foreign Affairs:
Blight, J. G., Nye, J. S., & Welch, D. A. (1987). The Cuban missile crisis revisited.
Foreign Affairs, 66(1), 170-188.
If we have access to the journal, Journal Locator will link you right to it. Then follow the rest of the citation - date, volume, issue, and pages - to find the specific article. (In the above example, it would be 1987, volume 66, issue 1, pages 170-188.)
Want to see what journals are available in a specific discipline? Go to Journal Locator, and instead of using the search box, use the drop-down menu under "Browse journals by subject."
We know most searches for information start on Google. It's important to remember though, that Google's results are ranked by popularity, not necessarily authority. To locate the best source for your research topic, you should narrow your results.