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Library DIY: Finding articles

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Searching for articles?


Your professor may ask you to find professional, scholarly or academic journal articles in your research. Journal articles usually have these characteristics:

  • geared to a target audience and written by specialists, professors, or researchers in a specific field with credentials listed
  • peer-reviewed - articles undergo a type of screening process by other experts in the field before appearing in print
  • lengthy, and typically contain graphs, bibliographies & footnotes
  • Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Journal of Social Work Practice, and Engineering & Mining Journal are examples of journal titles


1) Let's say you need to find articles on wind energy. Enter your search terms into OneSearch to get started.


2) Here is the results screen. You can scan through the list of articles to find ones that fit your topic.




  • Use AND to narrow your search (ex. wind energy AND China)
  • Use OR to expand your search (ex. wind energy OR renewable energy)
  • Review article reference lists or bibliographies for additional resources on your topic. Search for article titles in OneSearch
  • Look for subject terms

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Need more help finding articles?

Click on the    icon on the OneSearch results page if you don't immediately see a PDF or HTML link for full-text.

We may have the article in full-text in another location. If not, please fill out an interlibrary loan (ILL) request, and we'll try to obtain the article for you from another library.

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