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Before searching in a specialized subject database, you might want to try a broad interdisciplinary database, like our new All Search tool.

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 the book or article you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan (ILL)!

  • 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:

If all else fails, you can always try searching Google Books to see if you can access the partial or full text of the book you need!

Selected Databases

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

Patent Information Sources

Patents can be another source of research for your literature review. A patent search can identify specific technological advances and inventions in the area of your topic. Citations provided in patents can lead you to additional articles for your for your literature review.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office and Google Patents are two tools you can use for patent searching.

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:
(Michelson OR Morley) AND (aether OR speed of light )
Already have the citation? Find an article with citation linker!

Watch this tutorial below to learn how to find full-text articles.

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Did you know...


Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.