Answered By: Lisa Rose-Wiles
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2014     Views: 47

How to find articles?

·      Short answer:  Go to on Articles & Journals  on the library home page.

With more detail:  here are 2 ways this might be answered:

1.     I have a citation for a particular article in a journal and I need to find the full text

2.    I am looking for an article on a particular subject.


1.     If yours is the first question – I am looking for a particular article:

·      Go to the library home page:

·      On the left hand navigation pane, under “Find Books & Materials”, click on Articles & Journals

·      In the center of the page, click on E-Journals"

·      Type  the name of journal you are looking for in the search box and click 'search' (be sure to spell the journal correctly or it will not be found)

·      If the library holds the journal you are looking for, you will see an entry such as this:

International journal of health care finance and economics (1389-6563)


from 03/01/2001 to 1 year ago in ABI/INFORM Complete and ProQuest Health Management

·      Note the dates of coverage; if the article you need is less than 1 year old or prior to 03/01/2001, you will not be able to retrieve the full text (if this is the case, try Paper/Microform Journals and if you still can't find the journal and year you needm use Interlibrary Loan to request the article**

·      If the library holds the journal for the date(s) you need, follow the link to the database it is found in.  In this example that would be, ABI/Inform or ProQuest Health Management.

·      Once you are ‘in’ the journals, locate your article by either selecting the relevant year / volume / issue, or by clicking on “search within this publication”, selecting “advanced search” and searching for the title.

·      Open the full text – usually through a link like this    Full Text - PDF (226 K)

In most (though not all) databases you can also choose to email, save or a export an article. 



If your question is the 2nd one, how to find any article on a particular topic (not a particular article that you know the name of), then:

·      Go to the library home page:

·      On the left hand navigation pane, under “Find Books & Materials”, click on Articles & Journals.

·      In the center of the page, click on Databases and Indexes to Articles

·      Use the “find by subject” list to locate your subject area and select a database; for example Medicine/Nursing

·      Enter your search terms in the search box. 


o   Remember:  the better your search terms, the better your results will be, so take some time to think about what you need to find.

o   Using the ‘advanced search’ option will let you make more specific searches.

o   Use the ‘sort by date’ option to get the most recent articles first, or limit your search by date.


You might also find our Research Guides helpful; for example Health & Medical Sciences.  You will find “help” tabs under both the “database” and “journals” tabs.

If you need more help in using databases and e-journals, please feel free to schedule an appointment for a tutorial, either by email or by using the 'reference by appointment' form


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