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Answered By: Michael Pujals
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2014     Views: 38

How to Find Multiple Articles on a Topic

How to Find a Specific, Known Article

1.      Go to

2.      Click Databases

3.      In the box on the left side, click a general subject area

4.      Look for an "Electronic Databases" list

5.      Click a database name (if off-campus, log in with student ID and password)

6.      Enter your keywords

Remember to expand your search with…

·         plurals (child* includes articles with child OR childhood OR children)

·         and synonyms (global warming OR climate change)

7.      Optional: Limit your search to Full-text, peer-reviewed, article type

8.      Click Search

Once you find articles you want you can…

·         Put them in a temporary folder

·         Email them

·         Save the PDFs

·         Export to Refworks

Search Tips

·         Mix and match keywords – look for the right combo
Use the subjects listed with each article as keywords to expand your search.

·         Look for the References at the end of an article to find more sources

If you know the article’s citation information:


Kay, Stanley R.; Flszbein, Abraham; Opfer, Lewis A. "The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) for Schizophrenia." Schizophrenia Bulletin 13.2 (1987), 261-276.

1.      Go to

2.      Click "Journal List"

3.      Enter the title of the journal (ex. Schizophrenia Bulletin)

4.      Click Search

If the Library subscribes to the Journal…

5.      Look for the database that has the date range for your article.

6.      Click on the database name (log in if off-campus)

7.      Click the volume and issue or search for the article title.

If the Library does not subscribe to the Journal…use ILL

1.      Go back to the library homepage and click Student Services

2.      Click InterLibrary Loan

3.      Click Request and Article

4.      Enter the info for the article and your email

ILLs can take a week or more, but they're free!

Look for an email when it's available and come to the library to pick it up.

Use RefWorks to organize your work

·         Articles from the database go in the "Last Imported" folder, or in "All References"

·         You can create other specific folders for different projects.

·         Click Bibliography to generate a References page.

o   Select an Output Style – MLA, APA, etc.

o   Select the folder and the format

Be sure to turn off your browser's pop up blocker!

Web Tips

·         Try Google Scholar or Google Books

·         Limit your search with "site:" and .edu, .gov, or .org

·         Look for the Google Search Tools on the left of Google Results

Finding Articles

Contact a Reference Librarian