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I use articles?
articles tend to focus on a single topic, they are a great place to
find highly specific information.
are often the first place where new research is discussed, and
in some disciplines, may be the primary means of conveying information.
cover many types of publications: journals, magazines, newspapers, chapters
in books, conference proceedings, technical reports, and trade journals.
do I find articles?
articles on your topic is a 3 step process:
- Identify a database that searches many journals in your broad
for Articles by Topic links you to some good starting databases,
such as ProQuest or InfoTrac, and suggests more in-depth databases
for subjects (Art, Biology, etc.)
Search the selected article database using words you might expect
to find in the title or subject of the article.
How do I improve my search? has
suggestions for combining words and phrases effectively. Note: you
may need different strategies than you'd use for an Internet search.
Locate the article.
Databases with the note, Full Text Resource!, may immediately
provide the complete article.
If the database only provides citations (references) or abstracts,
look for ,
or for links such as "Check library holdings" or "Find a copy."
FindIt@VU sometimes links you directly to the complete article,
and always provides an easy way to search the library catalog, to
see if we have the journal either online in another service, or
If there are no links and all you have is the citation to an article,
search for the journal title (not the article title) in Acorn,
the library catalog. Search
for Articles by Topic has an example and form for searching.
Topics: Choosing the Best Database,
Prepared for the
Jean and Alexander Heard Library,
We would like to express our sincere appreciation
to MIT Libraries
for granting permission
to modify and use their "Information Navigator" tutorial.