Field Experience

Using the Library Catalog

Library Catalog
  • Use this to find books and media items in the library's physical collection. The catalog also includes e-books and e-videos we have access to.
  • Search one or two keywords for best search results.
  • Not seeing any materials that you want in Ursuline Library's catalog? Try searching the OhioLINK catalog


  • The library keeps the art therapy thesis collection, which can provide perfect avenues for your research through the works cited in each bibliography.
  • To search the thesis collection, go to the catalog, do a basic search, then click the Modify Search button and set the Material Type to thesis.

Searching for Journal Articles

Recommended Databases for Journal Articles:
  • URsearch
    • A giant database perfect for searching broad topics.
    • All-in-one search tool that searches 200+ Ursuline databases
    • Limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals and set the language limiter to English after entering your search terms.

  • PsychINFO - Indexes all aspects of psychological literature
    • Try using the following limiters with your search: Check off the boxes for Peer Reviewed and English. Under Methodology, select Clinical Case Study.

These databases will overlap with art therapy:
  • Academic Search Complete is a catchall database that searches across literature, which is helpful for searches on culture.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers art therapy articles published in the nursing literature.
  • ERIC will identify articles in the education literature. It is particularly helpful if your topic involves art education.
  • MEDLINE with full text (EBSCO) indexes the medical literature. Use it for art therapy articles appearing in the medical literature as well as for medical information.
  • Social Work Abstracts is particularly useful for its coverage of counseling literature.
  • AltHealthWatch covers complimentary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Database Search Tips:
  • Search one or two keywords for best search results.
    • Use Firefox or Chrome to get the drop-down box under the search bar for keyword suggestions.
    • Boolean Searching: Combine search terms and concepts using AND/OR
      • Use OR to broaden your search to include synonyms and related terms (ex: race OR ethnicity OR ethnic OR racial)
      • Use AND to narrow your search by combining concepts
      • Truncation: Use an asterisk * to find word variants (ex: psych* = psychology, psychological, psychiatric, psychotic, etc.)

  • How to find the FULL-TEXT:
    • Click on the PDF Full Text link or the yellow Find It! button to look for the full-text in another database.
    • No PDF or Find It! link? Try searching for the journal title in Journal Finder or see if the article is freely available online.
    • If you still can't find the full-text, you can submit an Article Request form. Please note it may take several days to process your article request!

Web Resources

Citing Sources

Keep in mind that you're responsible for editing your citations! If you're using online tools to help you construct your citations, always check for errors.

Off-Campus Access

To use Ursuline Library electronic resources from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your first & last name (ex: John Doe) and your Ursuline ID number (ex: 1234567).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance with your research, please contact the reference desk.