IMPORTANT - No matter which option that you choose, select the "Full Text Only" or "Subscribed Content" option (which is usually available through the Advanced Search), or else you might be asked to pay to read more than the Abstract summaries.We have specialist collections for Sport, Business and Education students, but by far the best for multi-disciplinary research are Academic Search Elite and Gale Cengage.
Once you have logged in to Academic Search Elite (remember your Username is 's'+ your Student ID number, and your Password is the same as you use on Blackboard), tick "Full text" then type what you are looking for in the Search Box at the top.
If there are too many hits, use the options down the left-hand column to filter your results, for instance by year, geographical region, or publication type, etc. Then click "Update".
You can save the articles, email them to yourself or, if you create an account with this website using the "Sign In" link at the top of the page, you can create folders of useful sources and make notes on the work.
This database gives you access to thousands of publications from across the world, ranging from 1980 to yesterday, all through a single search box. Again, don't forget to filter your search with the "Full Text" option on the left of the Results screen, to get rid of the citation-only entries.
Google Scholar (along with the less well-known Microsoft Academic Search) is also worth a look, though the problem of being charged for full-text access is even worse than ever here.
To minimise this, change the settings at the top of the Results page so that the first box reads "Articles excluding patents" and the last box says "At least summaries"