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Find Articles in Journals and Magazines

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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

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.

  • Applied Science & Technology Index
    Applied Science & Technology Index provides citations and abstracts to international and English language periodicals, covering engineering, mathematics, physics, and computer technology.
  • Web of Science
    Web of Science searches Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Biosis Previews, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
    Coverage: 1989 - Present. Updated: Weekly.
  • IEEE Xplore
    Search for materials published by IEEE. Limited full-text access through database. To find the full-text for article citations use Google Scholar or interlibrary loan.
  • Science Journals  Icon
    Science Journals contains full text and citations in general science. Subjects include: Physics, Engineering, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry. Includes: charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements. Contains images.
    Coverage: 1986 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • Computing
    Computing contains scholarly and trade publications as well as consumer titles on topics that include: Artificial intelligence, computer games, computer graphics, computer networks, computer programming, computer security, computer systems, database management, electronic data processing, hardware, information science and information theory, and software.
    Coverage: 1990 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • Google Scholar  Icon
    Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources. Subjects include: Physics, engineering, social science, business, biology, chemistry, medicine. Source types include: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Specify Fairfield University (via Scholar Settings) for enhanced access to our library resources.
    Updated: Regularly.

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.

  • Google Patents
    Search by keyword or by class/subclass as terminology may be different keywords you are using. Look at "Patent Citations" and "Referenced By" sections for additional sources.
  • U. S. Patent and Trademark Office Full-Text Database
    Search by class(es)/subclass(es), read definitions of possible classifications to determine appropriate ones, browse patents in these classifications

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:
(Michelson OR Morley) AND (aether OR speed of light )
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