Find Articles in Library Databases
1. Choose the type of information you need.
Think about what kind of information you need on your topic, who would write about it, and where those articles would be published. Newspapers and popular magazines are good sources for current events and controversies. Look in scholarly journals articles reporting research results or reviewing existing research findings.
Example: You are writing a paper about female college students with eating disorders. You need to include information about what researchers have found to be the best treatment options, and you also want to include information on how women deal with having eating disorders.
Tip! Watch a video walking you through the process step-by-step.
|What you need:||Who would write it:||Where it would be published:|
|A review of research findings on treatments of college women with eating disorders||Psychologists, health/medical researchers||Scholarly journals on psychology or health|
|Personal stories from women who have suffered form eating disorders||Journalists||Popular women's magazines or news magazines|
2. Choose a database.
|Type of Database||About||Start here|
Choose a discipline at Databases by Subject
(ex: PsycINFO for psychology articles)
3. Search the database.
|Topic||Female college students with eating disorders|
|Key Concepts||Female college students||Eating disorders|
- AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words
- OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the words
- So, using the keywords above, you could search female college students OR college women AND eating disorders
4. Find the complete article.
All databases will list citations (information about an article such as the title, author, publication title, volume, issue, date and page numbers)which you can use to find the entire article. Some will also provide abstracts (brief summaries) of articles, while others will contain the full text of the article. If the full text is not in your database, you can look elsewhere:
'Video' by Anas Ramadan,and'Magnifying Glass', both from The Noun Project collection