Finding Articles


I Need to Search for Articles on My Topic

To search for articles on your topic, use library databases to search across many different journals, magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, and other sources at the same time. These databases can help you find scholarly and popular articles. (See What is a Scholarly Article? for more information.)

Pick a Database

  • Search Central allows you to search across 75 databases on a variety of topics with a single search. The results are presented in a consolidated list. Additional options allow you to list results by topic and show you which databases hold your search results.
  • To find recommendations for subject-specific databases, try our Subject Guides.

Get the Full Text

  • Some databases provide the full text of articles online. Look for PDF or HTML full-text links.
  • Otherwise, use the Get It link to connect to the article full-text from another database or to locate the print/microform version of the journal in the database.
  • If no Get It link is available, follow the steps below in the "I Already Have the Article Citation..." section.
  • If Trexler Library does not have online, print, or microform access to the article, request a copy of the article on Interlibrary Loan.

I Already Have the Article Citation and Need the Full-text

  • If you are looking for a particular article and already know its citation information, search the Trexler Library catalog for the journal title. (Do not search the catalog by the article title or article author.)
  • If Trexler Library has access to the journal online, in print, or on microform, compare the year/volume in which your article was published to the library's holdings. If Trexler Library has access to the year/volume you need, follow the link in the catalog to the online article or use the call number to locate the print/microform article in the library.
  • If Trexler Library does not have access to the journal for the year/volume you need, request a copy of the article on Interlibrary Loan.

Get More Help

Still not finding what you need? Ask a Librarian.