Library Tip Tuesday: Finding Journal Articles

Every other Tuesday, the Library brings you helpful tips for using your library resources more effectively.

This week, we’re going to show you how you can use the library website to find a research article.

“But,” you say, “I already know how to find articles!”

Well, you can Google your citation or search in random databases, but…we both know how that works out.  So why not take a seat, and let me show you the magical world of the Evans Library A to Z Portal.

When you’re handed a citation and tasked with tracking down the relevant article, head over to the library homepage.

Click on the "Journals" tab under the search box.
Click on the “Journals” tab under the search box.

From there, click on the “Journals” tab to access the A to Z portal. Next, enter the name of the journal your article is published in. For this particular example, let’s say that our article is found in the journal Science.

journals screen 2
There are several results for our journal, but we want to pick a database that has the right range.


You can see in the image above that you have several options for accessing Science; your choice of database will depend on the year your article was published. Let’s say our article was published in 1990 – so then our options are ProQuest Biology Journals, ProQuest Research Library, ProQuest Science Journals, Academic OneFile, and General OneFile. The next step is to simply pick your favorite database, and find your article.

Different databases have different steps for accessing individual publications – be sure to read everything on the screen, and pay attention to any prompts that may appear once you’re inside the database.

Want to see the process in action? Head over to our YouTube channel and watch as I find an article.

As always, you’re welcome to call, email, chat, or text us with your questions. We love to help!


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