HOW TO FIND ARTICLES
Determine the type of resource you need: journals, magazines,
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.
Select a database
The following multidisciplinary databases are good starting
For newspaper articles try one of the following:
For additional sources for articles, check our listing of databases
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
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
- AND narrows your search by looking for
- 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
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.