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Gerontology: Articles

An overview of gerontology resources available through the library.

Off-Campus Access

To log in from off-campus, you will need your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 

About Articles

Scholarly (a.k.a. peer-reviewed or academic) articles are found in journals, which publish issues containing new articles at regular periods (this is why they are also referred to as "periodicals"). Journals are organized online in databases, some which are accessible for free on the web and others which require a fee. The library subscribes to dozens of scholarly databases, both general and subject-based, which students can access for free using their LRCCD login. If you are looking for resources in a specific field, going to a subject database will produce more relevant results. If the full-text of an article that you need is not available, you can request it for free through interlibrary loan

Ideas for Search Terms

Suggestions:

  • aged
  • aging
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • dementia
  • elder abuse
  • elder care
  • elderly
  • euthanasia
  • geriatrics
  • gerontology
  • older
  • senior

TIP: Most databases allow you to search multiple terms at the same time by separating them with an "or." This is especially helpful for searching synonyms. For example, try searching "aging or aged or elderly or older."

Basic Search Tips

QUOTATION MARKS

  • Put exact phrases in quotation marks
    • “to be or not to be”
    • “cultural anthropology”

KEYWORDS

  • Brainstorm alternative terms
    • Humans: people, “homo sapiens”
    • Children: juveniles, youth, minors

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

  • Use operators to link ideas and narrow/broaden your search
    • “climate change” AND politics
    • “climate change” OR “global warming”
    • “united states” NOT europe

Recommended Subject Databases for Gerontology

Types of Articles

The type of article you will want to use will depend on the nature of your research. However, scholarly, peer reviewed articles are the most common used in academic research.

Check out this video from Carnegie Vincent Library for an overview of the different types of articles. 

Recommended Journals

The journals listed below can be found in the databases to the left, but you may want to search for articles in a specific journal.