Answered By: Kalei Malczon
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016     Views: 4713

  1. Find a Specific Article
    If you know the article title, author, volume, pages, year, etc. you can locate the article
  2. Course Reserve
    If you know it is on reserve, use the instructions here.
  3. To find an article based on a topic, you need to search a database. Searching a database is similar to searching the Internet, except you will find information that is reliable and valid so you will save a lot of time and energy.  Before you begin, we suggest viewing this three minute video tutorial on how to search effectively.  It will help you find what you are looking for more quickly, we promise!
     
    • Quick Search
      This is a search of an interdisciplinary database which is a good place to start your research, but isn't very comprehensive or specific.  It would be better to go to a subject guide. 
    • Research by Subject
      Use these if you aren’t sure where to start.  Librarians recommend specialized databases and other resources in specific subject areas like History, Nursing, or Art.
    • A-Z Database List
      Use this alphabetized list if you know the name of the database you want to search.
  4. Ask a Librarian 
    Library staff can suggest the best databases to use for your research and can provide helpful search tips and techniques.  See the "More Ways to Ask Questions" to your right for contact information!