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Find Articles - Getting Started

  1. Determine the words you will use to describe your topic.
  2. Decide on the type of article you need to find.
    • Scholary articles-- written by specialists, better for most college-level papers, ie. Journal of Abnormal Psychology
    • General articles-- written by variety of authors, for the general reading public, ie. Time,Newsweek
  3. Identify the index or database(s) relevant to your topic and research needs.
    • Use the Database Listing by Title page to read descriptions of each database available. Click the plus image next to the title of the database for more information.
    • Two useful databases that include articles about many different topics and also contain information from scholarly journals are:
    • Examples of other more subject-specific databases include: PsycInfo, MLA (English and Literature research), CINAHL (nursing)
  4. Locate the articles in the library collections.
    • Search the Databases to find citations to journals, some of which are available full-text. These are NOT "Internet resources." They are just another way of looking at the journal using a web browser.
    • For articles not available in Full Text, click the "Search for Full Text" button. From this screen, a program will search for your article in our databases. If it cannot be found, you will be presented with the option to request the item via Interlibrary Loan.
    • If you have questions regarding a specific title, use our Journals & Newspaper Listing to determine if the item is available in full-text.


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