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ENGL 308 Payne: Find articles

Why use articles?

Why use articles for research?

  • For very recent, current information
  • Cover very specific subjects
  • Popular topics
  • Alternative viewpoints
  • Reports on scholarly research

In the research process: ARTICLES

1. Explore  (web)
2. Background (library catalog: books)

3. Scholarly conversations (library databases: articles)
4. Support arguments (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (librarians & Writing Center)

    Searching Research Databases

     Public schools      state funding    racism     school districts    ethnic equality 
    1. Search:  public schools = 100k+ results

    2. Add:  funding = 22,000+

    3. Add: race = 1000+  

    4. LIMIT results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

    5. LIMIT results to the last ten years.

    Find articles by journal title in WorldCat Discovery

    As you review bibliographies, reviews of literature, and reference lists, you will discover additional sources to possibly use. In this case, you have a citation, but you need the article itself. Does our library have it?

    Quick, easy, and unsure

    Search the title of the article. This can, however, present you with a mish mash of results. AND, if the article is in a print journal here in the library, WorldCat Discovery can't see it. 


    Slower, involved, but certain

    Step one: search the journal title in WorldCat Discovery. 

    Step two: limit to journals in the facets on the left side of your results screen.

    Step three: if we have the journal, it displays as SU Libraries Owns. Click into the record to see either electronic or print holdings. 


    Your citation:

    Cutchins, Dennis. “‘All the Pretty Horses’: Cormac McCarthy’s Reading of ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’” Western American Literature, vol. 41, no. 3, Fall 2006, pp. 267–299. 

    Outward differences between popular magazines and scholarly journals