Start out with general ideas/terms and then work on narrowing your search.
Use keywords that describe concepts in your question rather than full sentences.
Determine the correct SUBJECT heading for more specific searching.
Pay attention to what is available in the database you are searching (full text?, years available, etc.)
Let the Database help you!
If you are not finding anything, or you are finding too much, change your search and ask for help.
The libraries have many different indexes and databases with access to full text articles and citations. You can search these databases for articles on your topic. On our website, click on the Articles tab for access to the links below.
Both Popular and Scholarly Articles are available. What is the difference?
Articles that are not available electronically may be available for Article Delivery.
Articles can not be found by searching in the Library Catalog.
Specific Journal Titles can be located in the Library Catalog by searching for Periodical Title (keyword or begins with).
Citations can be located using Citation Linker (link below)
Begin your search with the frequently used general databases (first link under Articles tab) or the suggested databases below. More specific subject databases can be found on the complete list of Indexes and Databases (link below).
We subscribe to thousands of journals, but not to all of the journals you may find cited in our electronic databases. In certain databases, full text is available via PDF or HTML links. However, in many of our databases you will need to select the button. This is a program overlaid on our databases that tries to match the citation to the RUL holdings.