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Interdisciplinary Research  

The primary focus of the guide is providing databases for finding articles. Some of the sources provide information for finding books.
Last Updated: Jun 5, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Before You Begin Your Research

After you have chosen a paper topic:

  • Begin your research early.  
  • Make an appointment with a reference librarian to discuss possible research avenues. 
  • Reference Desk:  324-9970.
  • Ask follow-up questions.
  • Remember that we will acquire material for you from other libraries at no charge to you.
  • Remember that we have access to UALR main library's, Ottenheimer Library's databases.
  • Only librarians should be your information source concerning what our library has or does not have.

Interdisciplinary paper topics occasionally require asking for interlibrary loans, which means borrowing books or other materials or requesting copies of articles from other libraries. 

  • Contact Jeff Woodmansee, Reference Librarian, if you need an interlibrary loan. 
  • Jeff's contact information:  Phone: 324-9991, Room 131 in the library.  Email:

    Database Tutorials

    Using tutorials can help make your searches efficient.

    • JSTOR Tutorial
      Explains the basics: stop words, advanced searches, boolean searching, limiting searches by discipline, limiting searches by date, saving searches for future retreival. Gives an email address for help.
    • EbscoHost Tutorial
      Explains all aspects of advanced searching in EbscoHost databases.

    Interdisciplinary Databases

    Students & Faculty:  Use your T number to access databases when you are not in the UALR School of Law.

    • UALR Ottenheimer Library (Main Campus) Databases. UALR Community.
      Provides links to Academic Search Complete, Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text, JSTOR, SocINDEX with Full Text, PsycINFO, newspapers, and many others. Databases are listed alphabetically and by subject.
    • Academic Search Complete. UALR Community.
      A comprehensive multidisciplinary database that provides full-text periodicals and scholarly journals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. It provides indexing and abstracts for over 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications, including monographs, reports, and conference proceedings. Updated daily.
    • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text. UALR Community.
      Provides full text news articles, magazine articles and at least 150 academic journals.
    • Databases. UALR Law Library. UALR Community.
      Our library's list of databases includes authoritative nonlegal databases from Academic Search Complete, Annals of American History, EbscoHost, Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Gale, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Most are available onsite for attorneys and the public.
    • Dissertations and Theses (ProQuest). UALR Community.
      Selectively indexes doctoral dissertations from 1997 to date. Ask librarians about sources for earlier dissertations.
    • Gale Databases. UALR Community.
      Gale's databases include the Agriculture Collection, Criminal Justice Collection, Environmental Studies Policy Collection Psychology Collection, Popular Magazines, General Reference Center Gold, and General OneFile.
    • Google Scholar
      Google Scholar is a free search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature in great range of formats and disciplines.
    • JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collection. UALR Community.  
      JSTOR offers full-text content from over 1,000 leading academic journals of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides selected monographs in addition to over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources.

    UALR Ottenheimer Library Databases by Subject

    UALR Ottenheimer Library's Online Catalog

    If you already have a citation you can search the catalog and determine whether UALR has a title and in what kind of format.



    • UALR Ottenheimer Library Catalog
      UALR may have books of interest. If law students or faculty want to check out UALR Ottenheimer Library's books they should inquire at our Circulation Department about how to get access to book checkouts at the Ottenheimer Library.

    UALR Law Library Reference Desk

    Phone:  501.324.9970


    The Library is open 7 days per week.  We have no Saturday reference service during summers.  Our library and reference desk hours are posted on our webiste at

    Reference Desk Hours for Students during semesters when classes are in session:

    • Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday - Saturday    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • No Saturday reference service during summers

    Students:  Please contact us for questions or an appointment to discuss your paper or project.






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