How do I find articles?
Two approaches to finding journal articles:
- Quick search from the library homepage
- Focused search in a subject-specific library database
1. Quick Search
Fast and easy, but may be more records returned that are not of interest.
Option #1: Primo
- Go to the Library homepage
- In the Search area, select Articles in the dropdown menu
- Enter terms in the search box
- Select "Go"
Article records matching your search terms will display in Primo.
Option #2: EBSCO
- Select the EBSCO Databases link to search about 50 databases simultaneously
Method 2: Focused Search
You can have much greater control over your search strategy by going into a specific database and pre-selecting limits.
Step 1: Select a Database
- Article databases index journals within a certain discipline. They allow you to search for articles by author, title, or subject.
- To find the right database go to Subject Guides where you can select a subject guide for your discipline that contains a list of appropriate databases. You can find all of our databases by going to the "Databases A-Z" list.
Step 2: Search the Database
- Enter some keywords. Nouns usually work better than verbs.
- Refine your search with subject terms (sometimes called descriptors). You can use descriptors that you see in your results, or you can look for a link that says Thesaurus to look at all the descriptors recognized by the database.
Step 3: Find the Full Text
- Look for a link to the full text.
- If there is none, click "check for full text" to see if we can link you through to the full text in another database.
- If you already have publication information for an article, use our journal title search to see whether we have a subscription.
- If we don't have access to the article you need, we can get a copy through interlibrary loan.