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Research 101

Searching for journal articles?

Pick a database:

When you need to find articles, the first place to look is in the library databases.

Some databases are general and others cover specific subject areas. A good place to start searching for articles is the database Academic Search Complete, because it covers a wide range of subjects and contains many articles in full-text. There are also subject specific Databases. 


You can find a database by browsing for them in the subject area listing or the alphabetical listing. Top databases, like Academic Search Complete, are located in the drop-down menu, "Top Databases," on the library's homepage.

Begin your search:

The database you decide to search may look different than this one, but most databases contain a set of several search boxes. Split up your search terms so there is one one word in each box. Or, if there are two or more words that together as a phrase, like "global warming", surround them in quotation marks.

Refine your results by categories like resource time, date, or Subject Terms. 


Access the articles:

If your article has a PDF full-text link, then you are all set to go! 


No PDF full-text link? That's okay, You can request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)!

What is a database?

A database is a collection of organized information. All of our library databases are searchable, digitized collections of information and useful for fast search and retrieval.