USE ARTICLES TO:
- Conduct academic research
- Support your arguments in research projects or papers
- Find data, theories, and analysis on topics in your field
SEARCHING USING DATABASES
Databases are your best bet for finding articles. A library database contains records for and full-text of articles from newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and academic journals. Databases can be general and cover many subjects or focus on specific subjects or types of resources. Deciding which database to search depends on what kind of research you’re doing.
- General databases cover many different subjects and contain many different kinds of resources. These are good databases to search when you’re starting your research or if your topic is interdisciplinary. Examples include: Academic Search Premier, Academic OneFile, and reference databases like Credo
- Subject-specific databases databases have more focused coverage on one or several subjects. These databases are useful when you’re looking for articles within a particular field or subject area. Examples include: CINAHL (nursing), PsycArticles (psychology), ERIC (education), and JSTOR (humanities subjects)
- Special format databases contain a specific type of resource. If you know you need a specific kind of source to support your arguments, these databases will be useful. Examples include: US Newsstream (news articles), EBSCO SWOT Analyses (SWOT analyses), or GPO Monthly Catalog (government reports and publications)
Not sure where to start? Ask a librarian! Use our general question form, or see contact information for the Reference and Instruction Librarian below.
Quick tip: As you browse the All Databases list you can filter by subject or by the type of resource you’re looking for.
SEARCHING THE CATALOG
You can also find articles by searching the library catalog. Many of our databases are connected to the catalog so that you can search multiple databases in one place.
To include articles in your search results, search using the “Everything” or “Articles & more” options.
Quick tip: The catalog currently defaults to searching “Everything”—just hit Enter on your keyboard after you’ve typed in your search terms.
SEARCHING FOR A SPECIFIC ARTICLE
If you know the name of the article you are searching for, try searching the exact title in quotations in either the library catalog or in Google Scholar. (If you’re on campus, Google Scholar will automatically connect you to Raugust Library resources. To set up that Google Scholar-library link on your own device, take a look at these brief how-to instructions.)