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How to Find Articles

In addition to books, many instructors will ask you to find articles – from magazines, scholarly journals, and/or newspapers – to support your research for assignments. The library provides you with access to all of these types of articles through our subscription Periodical Databases. These databases are not Internet resources, and many of the articles they provide are not available for free from sites like Google Scholar.

You can access the library's databases from the library's homepage via two primary ways:

  1. Through the EDS search box; or
  2. Through the links to our database lists (by title, subject, and resource type).

See below for more details on both methods.

Accessing Databases via the EDS Search Box

The search box on the library's homepage, EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service), searches across a variety of library resources, including many periodical databases. It's a great tool to use when you're just starting your research or when you're curious if there's anything else available on your topic.

To use this tool, simply enter your keywords or subject topic into the search box, and click on the "Search" button to launch your search. (Learn more about what this tool searches.)

EDS search box on library homepage

On the search results page, you can refine your results to just articles by checking the boxes for specific Source Types, such as Academic Journals or News. You can also limit your results to just scholarly journal articles by checking the "Peer Reviewed" box in the "Limit To" section on the lefthand side of the results page.

Refine search results to peer reviewed and periodical source types, such as news, academic journals, and magazines

Database Links on the Library Homepage

The library provides three primary lists of databases: 1) An alphabetical A-Z list; 2) A subject list; and 3) A format or type list. All of these lists are included within the Databases box below the search box on the library's homepage. They are all also listed under the "Find" category of the navigation menu.

If you're unsure which databases list/guide to select, we recommend using the Databases A-Z list if you know the name of the database you'd like to use. Alternatively, if you know the subject you'd like to research but not the name of a specific database, use the Databases by Subject list to find a list of databases relevant to your subject. The Databases by Type guide is helpful when you know you want to search for electronic journals and/or article indexes and abstracts.

3 database guides linked from library homepage

Tips for Using the Database Lists

The library has many databases from which to choose, so the A-Z, Subject, and Type lists are quite long. Use the tabs at the tops of the database list pages to select either a letter of the alphabet, a subject, or a type of database. You may also use the links located in the center of the screen.

Another option is to start at LibGuides A-Z list and then choose a subject, type, or vendor from one of the drop-down menus. When you choose a subject, if we have identified a specific database that will be particularly relevant for the subject, it will be located in a Best Bets section at the top of the list of databases. (Note: Not all subjects will have Best Bets.)

If you need additional help finding articles, please look at the resources offered on our Getting Started page. You can also Ask A Librarian any questions you may have.

Last Updated: 6 October 2014

Last updated: 08/24/2015