Finding Articles: How To Get Out Of The Weeds

Lurking cat
By Filip Maljkovic (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Do you sometimes feel like you’re in the weeds when you’re searching for an article in the library databases? Not to worry. Here are some tips that can connect you to the information you need.

1. Use the Discover! search on the library homepage. Discover! searches through about 95% of all of the databases in a single search.

2. If you see this Check for fulltext, always click on the Check for full text option before requesting an interlibrary loan. The library may have access in one of the 5% of databases not covered by Discover!

3. If you do not receive a link to the article, check to see if the library has a subscription to the source by entering the journal title in the Journal Finder search box on the library homepage. For more information on how to use the Journal Finder, check out the Journal Finder post.

4. Finally, if you have followed the steps above without finding your article, take one more step before placing your interlibrary loan request. Perform an internet search for the title of the article. Often, articles will be posted as PDFs and open access.

By following these simple steps, you can get out of the weeds and make friends with your computer again.

Dreysaczens Antivir
By Dreysacz at German Wikipedia (Original text: de:Benutzer:Dreysacz) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As always, if you need assistance locating an article, please contact your Brandman staff. We’re here to help!


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