Find Articles

A Few Tips About Finding Articles

  • You can find scholarly journal articles by using a subject specific database, or a broad, multidisciplinary, database.
  • Journal article databases are usually dedicated to specific subject areas
  • (e.g. biology, medicine, psychology, social sciences, etc.), with the exception of a handful of multidisciplinary databases
  • The journal article database you use depends on the topic/subject you are looking for.
  • If you are looking for newspaper articles, you need to use a different set of databases. Please see the News sources page.

Getting Started

If you just need a few articles, try one of the multidisciplinary databases in “Databases to help you get started.”

If you don’t find what you need, or know more specifically what you are looking for, try searching a database in your subject area (chemistry, for example) or check our full list of databases (Databases A-Z).

If you need help, see if there is an online subject or course guide that can help you or Ask a Librarian.

Databases to Help You Get Started

The following article databases offer broad subject coverage and are a great place to start your research – especially if you just need a few scholarly journal articles.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Multidisciplinary database that indexes articles in more than 11,900 scholarly journals, and general interest magazines, in several languages; full-text is available for over 7,900 journals, with coverage dating back more than 100 years.
  • Web of Science
    Broad subject coverage of over 10,000 key journals in science, social sciences, arts & humanities, with references dating back to 1900.
  • JSTOR
    Broad, multidisciplinary, database covering over 1,000 scholarly journals in social sciences, humanities, and sciences, with references dating as far back as late 19th or early 20th centuries. Search by subject or browse full text of article, but please note that the most recent 3-5 years are not included; for current articles use Web of Science.