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Tips for Article Searches

Other helpful tips:

  • Use Library databases to locate articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • Academic Search Complete database can be used to find articles on just about any topic
  • Specialized databases cover a specific subject. Use these to find articles by researchers and experts, published in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals
  • Search for keywords or phrases that describe your topic. A keyword search finds more records, but not all will be relevant.
  • To retrieve more relevant results, search for Subjects. Subjects are words or phrases that describe the main ideas of the article. 
  • To search for a specific author, journal title or article title, enter the exact name or title in the search menu and select the appropriate field from the drop-down menu next to the search box.
  • Use AND between search terms to retrieve records containing all your search terms.
  • Use OR between search terms to retrieve records containing one or more of your search terms
  • Use the Search Options and Refine Results features to set limits, narrow results, and retrieve more relevant results.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about finding journal articles

Finding Full Text Articles

Wondering if an article is full text?  Follow these tips when searching databases:

  1. Look for “PDF full text” or “HTML full text.” PDF full text means that a PDF file, a scan of how the article originally appeared in print, is available to open, download, or save.  HTML full text means that the article’s text is available but only in the format of a web page.

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  2. Use the “Full Text Finder” link within databases.  This is a tool that utilizes EBSCO’s Full Text Publications Finder, which will help you determine if the article is full text in another subscription database or open access online.

    Example of full text finder link within a database.
  3. If the article is NOT available as full text, look for the “Request this item through interlibrary loan” link. This will transfer the article’s citation information into a request form. Complete the form with your contact information and submit.

    Example of ILL link.
  4. In instances where you have found a citation for a journal article, but you cannot determine its status, try searching for the journal title using EBSCO’s Full Text Publications Finder.
    Full Text Finder logo.
  5. If you’ve tried all of these tips and still cannot find an article’s full text, please complete an Interlibrary Loan Request by filling out our online request form.
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