How do I find articles?
Articles can be found in newspapers, magazines, and journals (sometimes called periodicals).
An article database will show you which newspapers, magazines, or journals have articles on your topic. When you use an article database, it quickly scans thousands of issues of many different periodicals to find a match for your search terms. Databases can provide you with information such as:
- Citation - the information you need to find the article, such as the author, title, page number, etc.
- Abstract - a summary of the article's content
- Full Text - the complete text of the article
Which Database Should I Use?
The Library provides several article databases. Which article database you should use depends upon your topic. To find the best database for your topic, use one of our Subject Guides and check out the “Key Resources” box.
If you're looking specifically for peer-reviewed articles, most databases have a way to limit your search to only peer-reviewed journals/articles. Look on the advanced search screen for options such as peer-reviewed, academic journals, or scholarly articles.
"Find an Article by Title" and "Find a Specific Journal"
Sometimes you already have the title of an article that you want to find, or you may be wondering in which database a particular journal is housed. In these cases, use the Find Journal Title tool.
You can also use Google Scholar to search for academic literature on many subjects. Google Scholar indexes scholarly literature including many peer-reviewed online journals.