Choosing Databases and Getting Articles

You can use the Library’s subscription databases to find articles from academic journals, magazines, and newspapers. Library databases provide you with authoritative, credible information of a higher quality than what you might find in a general Google search. Specifically, Library databases link you to peer-reviewed journal articles, a must for academic assignments!

Choosing Databases

Go to the Library’s databases page to find Academic Search Premier and other databases. Academic Search Premier is a good place to start regardless of your topic and includes articles from many types of publications, including scholarly journals, newspapers and popular magazines. You will be able to limit your search to peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles only.

Other good databases for a psychology topic include the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection and PsycINFO.

selecting all databases on the database menu

Getting Articles

Usually in a database, you will see a link like this if  that you can click on to download, save, or print the full text of an article:

pdf full text link icon

If you see an icon like the one outlined in red below, click on it to check if we have the full-text of the article online via another resource provider:

search for full text icon

If we don’t have it online, you will have the option of making an Interlibrary Loan request (see image below), which means we will try to get the article from another library for you. However, it may take 3-10 days for the article to come in.

You will need to register in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system to make an ILL request. Registration is simple and quick and you only have to register the first time you wish to make a request.

ILL request

Tip: If you don’t have much time and only want to see items that are immediately available, you can limit your search to only full text articles to exclude items that aren’t immediately available. This example shows the full text check box in Academic Search Premier:

full text check box

Check the box by "Full Text" to only get back full text results.


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