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Finding Journal Articles: Finding articles

Finding and Evaluating Journal Articles: Library Workshop

Search single databases

In this approach you select a database from a list of our databases and search for your topic. Searching a specific database, e.g., PsycInfo allows for more targeted search with other options to limit the results to specific types of articles, e.g., empirical studies.

Start on the library homepage at

Select the link Comprehensive Search Tools

Looking for a specific article?

Start with the search box on Multiple Database Search tool.

Type author's last name (if known) and keywords from the title.

One box search

In this approach you search across various databases. It is good for searching multidisciplinary topics. The success of your search rests on a careful statement of your topic. Define your topic in a sentence or question. Example: How are political attitudes developing over a lifespan? Select the keywords/concepts: "political attitudes" lifespan 

Start on the library homepage at

Select Multiple Database Search tool.

Type keywords for your topic. Avoid broadly defined words or stop words.

For more focus and relevant results search by phrases in quotation marks, e.g., "political attitudes"

On the results page you can now limit your search to  peer-reviewed articles (that will also mean scholarly)

Searching Tips

The following few rules of online searching are universal. They apply to all databases and search engines, e.g., Google or Yahoo, whenever the search is by keywords.

The ability to search by creating a search strategy that goes beyond a single keyword or two will dramatically improve the relevancy and focus of your results.


Where is the full-text?

Look for the  icon or the Full Text Finder option.

If no subscription copy is found, consider using the Search Google for Related items link to look for free pre-prints on the web.

If the article is not available in full-text, click on Request through interlibrary loan link.

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