Finding Articles: Tips for Getting Started

Popular Research Databases

Here's a list of the most popular places to find magazine and scholarly journal articles. You can search for an article by topic (e.g., Haiti earthquake) or by title and/or author if you know it already. We recommend asking your professor or a librarian for guidance in developing the best search strategy for your topic or discipline.

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  • Academic Search Premier
      • Articles from academic journals and magazines. Many articles are available in PDF.
      • Full-text archive of scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Please note that current issues are not included and there is a gap, from 1 to 5 years, between the most recent issue published and the most recent issue available in JSTOR. You must choose "Include only content I can access" to limit the search to articles the library owns.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
      • Full-text news, business, legal and reference information.

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Large Scholarly E-Journal Collections

  • Oxford Journals Online
      • Full-text access to 211 titles published by Oxford University Press, including archival access to over 150 titles, with the oldest material dating back to the middle of the 19th century.
  • Project Muse
      • Provides the full-text of over 300 major university press journals including Johns Hopkins, Ohio State University, Michigan State Universty, and many others.
  • Sage Premier
      • Full-text articles from over 400 e-journals published by Sage from Vol. 1, issue 1 to the current issue.
  • ScienceDirect Freedom Collection
      • Full-text articles from most titles published by Elsevier from 1995 onward where available. Does not include some health sciences, society presses, or Cell Press titles.

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The Burritt Library subscribes to several databases that include the full-text of newspaper articles. For many major titles, these databases offer a much deeper archive and more sophisticated searching than can be found on the newspaper's public web sites.

  • New York Times
      • Articles from the New York Times from January 1, 1985 through the current issue.
  • Proquest Newspapers
      • Find full-text articles published in over 50 national newspapers, including the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Washington Post, LA Times, and the Boston Globe. Coverage varies, but many newspapers have a backfile extending to the 1980s.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
      • Full-text national and international newspapers.
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers
      • Complete full-text archive of the Chicago Tribune (1849-1987), Chicago Defender (1910-1975), Hartford Courant (1764-1985), and New York Times (1851-2007) w/ Index (1851-1993).

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