Early 2006 and onward: As more time passes, scholars and specialists write detailed, analytical, heavily researched articles about Hurricane Katrina.
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Such articles discuss the storm's effects upon and implications for many different fields. The impact of Hurricane Katrina can be seen in every area from medical care to engineering to sociology.
"Mental Illness and Suicidiality after Hurricane Katrina" (Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Nov. 2006)
"Personal Responsiblity and Volunteering after a Natural Disaster: The Case of Hurricane Katrina" (Sociological Spectrum, Nov. 2007)
"Media Effects on Public Safety Following a Natural Disaster: Testing Lagged Dependent Variable Models" (Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Winter 2007)
"Perceived Stress among a Workforce 6 Months Following Hurricane Katrina" (Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, Dec. 2007)
Unlike popular magazines, scholarly journals are written by specialists in the field and are intended for a scholarly audience—that is, researchers, specialists, and students in the field. Authors in these journals use jargon and assume that the reader already understands the basics of the topic. In addition, scholarly journals are usually peer-reviewed, which means that other experts in the field have read and approved them.
You can read this guide for more information on the differences between scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade publications, and see below for information about locating resources in Academic Search Complete and other research databases.
Academic Search Complete is a broad reaching database that covers many different disciplines. Much of what is in this database is available full text. Remember to click on the FIND IT! link to check availability if you don't see the PDF Full Text link.
Building Your Search:
Working with Your Results List:
When You Find an Article You Like:
The library has hundreds of additional databases (in addition to Academic Search Complete) where you can locate articles and information. Since there is no way to search every database at once, you can either locate the particular database you want to search by name, or you can narrow down the list of databases by topic in order to help find the one that will have the information you're looking for. The databases can be found by clicking the All Research Databases link from the Library's home page, or by selecting from the links below.