How to Find an Article from Social Forces
You will access journal articles from Social Forces by using a Library database called Academic Search Complete.
You can CLICK HERE TO PRINT TEXT-ONLY INSTRUCTIONS [PDF] that you can refer back to while you search the database.
How to Access the Academic Search Complete Database
This database requires you to login with your myPittCC username and password in order to access it from off campus.
Click the following link to open the database in a new window:
- Academic Search Complete
You may need to turn off your pop-up blocker in order to see the new window.
The basic search screen should now appear.
Check the little box where it says "Full Text" (under "Limit your results").
Down in the "Publication" box, type Social Forces.
Click on the Search button.
A listing of over 5000 items should come up; these are all the full-text Social Forces articles and reviews contained in this database (most recent ones should appear first).
DO NOT CHOOSE A BOOK REVIEW. IF YOUR ARTICLE IS ONLY ONE OR TWO PAGES LONG, IT IS A REVIEW. YOU CANNOT USE A REVIEW FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENT.
You can now browse through the listings for an article that looks interesting.
If you want to find articles on a specific topic, just add a topic word(s) to the search box at the top.
- welfare AND children
Once you have entered your topic word(s) click the Search button.
You can create a list of results that does not contain book reviews. On the left side of the screen under Source Types, check the little box beside Academic Journals. You should now have a list of articles that does not include book reviews.
When you find the article you want to use, click under the title where it says PDF Full Text (or HTML Full Text) to view the whole article and print it out.
For PDF articles, it works best to click on the little printer icon (or the "Print" button) on the article, rather than going to "File" and "Print."
Click the e-mail icon on the right to send a copy of the article to your e-mail account.
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