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Many college-level assignments ask you to find articles. The library provides access to many different kinds of articles from international newspaper articles to popular magazine articles to scholarly journal articles. Whether you are starting with an idea for a topic or the citation for a specific article, the library can get you the article you need.
Use this page to figure out what type of article works best for your situation and how to develop a search strategy.
Using keywords effectively is an important step in learning how to find articles. Several tips for deciding which keywords to use are:
Here is an example of the first search for electric cars. Notice that I limited my search on the right to just peer-reviewed articles:
You use the search terms from your research topic to search for journal articles on a topic—usually in a database.
If your topic is more specialized, you may want to search in a subject database. Subject databases are available through the library for almost every topic from anthropology to zoology. Use the database subject filter to choose a database that matches your topic.
If you have an article citation and want to find that specific article, you can find it several ways.
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