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 the library's 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: through the search box or through the links to our database lists. See below for more details on both methods.
Accessing Databases via the 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 here.)
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 journals by checking the "Peer Reviewed" box in the Refine your results section on the results page.
Database Links on the Library Homepage
The library provides two primary lists of databases: an alphabetical A-Z list; and a subject list. You can access both of these lists from links within the "Popular Links" section on the library's homepage. The Databases A-Z list is also linked in the yellow box that appears when you move your mouse over the "Find journal and newspaper articles" image-box on our homepage.
If you're unsure which link 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.
Tips for Using the Database Lists
The library has many databases from which to choose, so both the A-Z List and the Subject List are quite long. Use the tabs at the top of the database list pages to select either a letter of the alphabet or a subject. You may also use the links located in the center of the screen.
Last Updated: 14 February 2013