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Start with these resources

The individual databases listed below are the primary sources for articles on your topics.


The best way to locate widest variety of articles on your topic is to use one of the databases listed above. Below is a sampling of specific journals that will have articles related to this course. It is by no means a comprehensive list of titles, just a sampling.

To access any of the electronic versions of these titles click on the appropriate link and you will be prompted to log in with your 49er username and password.

Searching Tips

Here are a few very basic searching tips that you should definitely keep in mind when doing your research regardless of the database you are using.

  • ALWAYS use the Advance Search page.
  • NEVER click/check the Full Text link/box. If you do, you will loose access to journals that EBSCO does not have direct access to such as Sage Education Journals and those are very important education journals.
  • Use the Thesaurus, it can provide you with correct and/or alternative search terms.
  • Avoid putting too many words into the search. It's much easier to narrow a large set of results, than it is to widen a narrow set.
  • To be safe put phrases in quotes (example: "heritage language"), especially if you are not doing a subject/descriptor search.
  • Look at subject headings for additional search terms.
  • Look at the reference list of articles you think are really good.
  • Check out the authors your professor and/or textbook suggest related to the topic.
  • Don't forget to look for the term Research in the Publication Type field if you need to find articles with research data. (ERIC only)
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Book Chapters or Articles Delivered

If Atkins library owns an item and the item is available in the general collection or microfilm/fiche, a scan of a chapter or an article may be requested through Document Delivery at no charge. To make such a request, the patron should enter the bibliographic information into the appropriate electronic form in his/her interlibrary loan account. Typically delivery time will be within 24 hours, but this may vary depending on staff availability. All copies will be delivered electronically.

Requirements for Document Delivery Requests:

  • ONE chapter from a book may be requested.
  • 35 page maximum.
  • A complete and accurate bibliographic description of the requested material is needed.
  • No abbreviations, please.
  • Library patrons are responsible for using materials in accordance with Copyright Law (Title 17, US Code) and its guidelines.

All correspondence concerning document delivery requests will be sent to UNC Charlotte E-mail accounts only.  All students, faculty and staff requesting document delivery must have a valid UNC Charlotte email account. This service is not available to members of the public, Community borrowers, or Early College Students.