When you are looking for an article in the online library, there are a few ways to go about searching based on what you are looking for.
- Are you looking for an article but you only have the title or title and author?
If you just have the title of the article and not the full citation information, you want to start your search on the library homepage with OneSearch. Type the title of the article in quotes and search to see if it locates it in our collection. If it does not locate it, check with your instructor about where to access this reading.
- Do you have the title of the article, the name of the journal it was published in, the date, the author, volume and issue number, etc? This is the full citation information.
If you have the full citation information for an article, you can search for the article via the journal it was published in. You can search for this in Journal Finder which you can find on the library homepage.
Type the title of the journal (not the article) and search for it. When it is located in our collection, you will see the name(s) of the databases in our library that have that journal. Look at the date range to see if your article fits and then select the database title that has the date you need. You can then browse in the database for the date, volume and issue you need for your article.
- Were you asked to look for articles in a certain journal or in a list of journals recommended for an assignment?
To search in a specific journal that your instructor listed, you will find it similarly to the steps above. You can search for this in Journal Finder which you can find on the library homepage.
Type the title of the journal (not the topic) and search for it. When it is located in our collection, you will see the name(s) of the databases in our library that have that journal. Look at the date range to see if your article fits and then select the database title that has the date you need. Once you select the database, you should see the option to search within this publication and this is where you can search for your topic in this journal.
- Were you asked to do research and find articles on a topic for your assignment?
When your instructor asks you to find articles on a topic for your assignment, you want to search for them in the subject guides on the library homepage. You will see the option to select a subject from the list. Try to select a subject that your topic fits into, for example if you are researching marketing, you will select Business, Management & Economics. If you aren’t sure which one to choose, start with Get Started/Multidisciplinary which is a subject guide that covers all topics generally. When you get to the subject guide, you should see a list of databases selected by the librarians to fit your subject area well. You can go into those databases and search for your topic there.
If you try these steps and still cannot find articles on your topic, the librarians are here to help! Feel free to contact us with any questions about searching for your topic, for specific articles or e-books.
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