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Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

Request materials online via:

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • ERIC  Icon
    The ERIC database (Educational Resources Information Center) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide access to educational-related literature. ERIC provides coverage of journal articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, and books.
  • Education Journals  Icon
    ProQuest Education Journals covers not only the literature on primary, secondary, and higher education but also special education, home schooling, adult education, and many related topics. Most articles are offered in full-text.
  • Education Full Text
    Providing full text, indexing and abstracts for hundreds of periodicals, books and yearbooks, this resource covers a broad range of subjects including adult education, comparative education, government funding, higher education, school administration, and teacher evaluation.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    Offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting for hundreds of journals and trade publications, with many articles in full-text. Includes current and historical issues, and covers all aspects of communications including broadcasting, linguistics, and journalism.
  • Computing
    Comprehensive coverage of such computer topics as database design and management, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, website development, gaming, and computer security. Contains both scholarly journals and popular magazines, primarily in full-text, with product reviews and wire feeds.
  • Databases for K-12 Students
    iCONN provides "Kids InfoBits, InfoTrac Junior Edition, and InfoTrac Student Edition for all Connecticut Residents.
  • All Databases for Educational Technology . . .

Finding ERIC Documents

Finding ERIC Documents

ERIC is available to Fairfield University students using the ProQuest database and also publicly accessible at There are two types of materials in ERIC: journal articles and grey literature.  Grey literature may include research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials. 

  • These materials are noted with an ERIC number beginning with ED, for ERIC Document, instead of EJ, for ERIC Journal.
  • If you see"Download Full Text" in the grey box to the right of an article, then ERIC has permission for you to download the article for free. To limit to these articles, select the "ERIC linked full text" box in ProQuest or the "Full text available on ERIC" box if searching directly in ERIC. ERIC has identified a small percentage of PDF documents (about 5.5%) as unreadable and designated these as "PDF Pending Restoration." A more readable copy will be rescanned in the future. If so designated, you can then see if the library can provide access via microfiche or through Interlibrary Loan.

  • To find free access to the full text of other articles, contact the library to see if you can get access through another databases, via microfiche or through Interlibrary Loan.

    • Search Note: For ED resources marked "Level 3," full text is not available online or in microfiche.  See a librarian to find these items.


Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
"Latin America*" AND (democracy OR politics)
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