How to Find Articles

HOW TO FIND ARTICLES

Determine the type of resource you need: journals, magazines,
newspapers. video video

  • Journals–A publication, issued on a predictable schedule, that contains scholarly articles
    written by researchers and for researchers in a subject area.
  • Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed journals)– Scholarly journals
    that only publish articles which have been reviewed by scholars in the field of interest.
  • Magazines–A publication, issued on a predictable schedule, that is intended for the general public.
  • Newspapers

Select a database video video

The following multidisciplinary databases are good starting
places:

  • Academic Search Complete Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri videovideo
    Academic Search Complete: Search for magazine and
    journal articles from 1984 to date.
    Note: This database provides an option to limit your
    search results to scholarly (peer reviewed)
    journals.
  • Scopus Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri videovideo

    Scopus: Search for articles in over 18,000 peer reviewed
    journals and find out who is citing them.

  • JSTOR: Access back files of over 300 journals from the
    sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities (does not
    include the last five years of issues)

For newspaper articles try one of the following:

For additional sources for articles, check our listing of databases
by subject

Search the database to find articles on a topic.

  • Keywords–Select terms that describe the main concepts of your
    topic. Include synonyms.
  • Boolean operators–combine your keywords using
    AND and OR video video
    • AND narrows your search by looking for
      articles with all of the words
    • OR broadens your search by looking for
      articles with any of the words
  • Use quotation marks to search for phrases
  • Use parentheses to indicate search order. Search statements
    within parentheses are performed first.
  • Search topic: What is the effect of dark
    chocolate on health? Search strategy: "dark
    chocolate" and (health or wellness)

Find the full-text of the article.

  • Many databases contain the full-text of articles.
  • If the article is not full-text in the database follow the
    FindIt@MU link. One of three things should happen.
    • You will be taken directly to the article.
    • You will be taken to a screen that tells you we have
      the publication in print and provides the location (campus
      library and call number)
    • You will be taken to a screen that says this item
      isn't available at MU and provided with the option to
      use our interlibrary loan
      service
      to request the article from another
      library. All of the relevant parts of the citation will
      copy over onto the request form after you log on to the
      ILL@MU system with your pawprint.

Find a specific article.

  • If you have an article citation, fill out this form to locate the
    full-text of a specific article either online or in print.