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Start Your Research: Sources: Find Articles

Find Articles

Locate your sources

Articles give current and concise information; they report news, opinion, and research. Articles can be popular or scholarly in nature and can contain primary or secondary information. Publications containing articles include newspapers and magazines (also referred to as journals, periodicals, or serials).


Databases: The library licenses 400+ databases, many having the full text of the articles. If we don't have online or print access to the journal you want, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan.

How Do I Search in a Database?

Different databases may look different but they can all be used in similar ways. Go to a database’s Help function for instructions or you can remember to use the helpful hints below:

                    Database searching tips

*TIP: Don't reinvent the wheel! 
Search your article database for items from the bibliographies that occur at the end of journal articles or in books that you've already found on your topic.

Recommended Article Databases for Writing Students

Academic Search Complete Tutorial


  Take the  Academic Search Complete Tutorial!


The Academic Search Complete Tutorial provides an introduction to this multidisciplinary database that includes articles and resources from a broad range of topics, many with full text. After completing this tutorial you'll be able to:

  • describe what Academic Search Complete covers
  • conduct and focus a basic search
  • view full text if available
  • cite and email search results to yourself

How Do I Find the Article?

Once you have your list of citations and abstracts, your next step will be to locate a copy of your article.

Some article have immediate full text links, for others try the     link to search for full text:

       Find Full text


Need more help? Check out Navigate Search Results in Any Database (pdf) and  Use UC-eLinks guide.