How do I... find articles?
- Search for Articles
- Get the Full Text of Articles
- Limit Search to Scholarly
Search for articles
Looking for articles on your research topic? Search one of the hundreds of article databases available from the CU Libraries (you can find the article databases on the Find Articles & More page).
Not sure which article database to search?
You can find article databases in a particular subject area by finding the subject in the alphabetical subject list and expanding the list options by clicking on the "plus" icon. The subjects are then broken down in sub-categories - choose the sub-category that is most appropriate for your research topic.
If you are not sure which subject your topic falls under, you can choose the General & Interdisciplinary - Most Useful option at the top the subject list.
How to Find the Full Text of Articles
When you're looking for the full text of articles, you have the following options:
- Use the "Find it @ CU" link within one of the article databases available from the CU Libraries (more details below)
- If you have the article citation, look for the full text using the Article Finder form (more details below)
- Get the full text from the CU Libraries' physical collection:
- Try the Document Delivery Pilot: request a PDF of a journal article from the print collections at the CU Libraries and PASCAL (excluding the Law Library)
- Retrieve the print journal from the appropriate collection in one of the CU Libraries
- Get the full text from a library other than CU (if the CU Libraries does not own the journal/volume/year you're looking for in any format) through Interlibrary Loan.
Some of the article databases available through the CU Libraries only include citation information about the article, while others include access to the full-text of the document, usually in either PDF or HTML format.
In most article databases, when the full text isn't available, you will see a "Find it at CU" link. "Find it at CU" will link you from article citations to either the full text of the article, or give you information on where the article is available in print.
Watch this short video (3:16) on using "Find it @ CU":
If the particular article database you search does not have the full-text of the article available, nor a link to "Find it at CU," note the citation information of the article and follow the steps for finding a specific article on the "Get the full text" tab on this page.
To see all of the article databases available from the CU Libraries, visit the Find Articles and More page. For more information about Find it at CU, please see the Find it at CU FAQ. Not all databases can be set up to work with Find it at CU.
Find it at CU Article Finder is a form that allows you to enter specific information about an article to locate the full text of that article online, if it is available through the University Libraries. With Article Finder, you do not need to select a database to search for the full text - once you enter your citation information, Article Finder will search across all our full-text electronic resources for you. The form is linked from the Find Articles & More page. For more information about Article Finder, please see the Find it at CU FAQ.
How to search for scholarly articles only
Many of the article databases available from the CU Libraries allow you to limit your search to find articles published in scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. Below are some examples of how you can limit your search in a few databases to find scholarly articles.
- EBSCO Databases
- CSA Databases
- Wilson Databases
Search EBSCO databases for scholarly articles - use the limiting tip below:
(example EBSCO databases: Academic Search Premier, Business Source Complete, Communication and Mass Media Complete, Film and Television Literature Index, plus many others)
Search CSA databases for scholarly articles - use the limiting tip below:
(example CSA databases: PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, ARTbibliographies Modern, EconLit, ERIC, MLA International Bibliography, plus many others)
Search Wilson Databases for scholarly articles - use the limiting tip below:
(example Wilson databases: Social Sciences Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Art Full Text, Education Full Text, Readers Guide Full Text, plus many others)