Tip: Finding Journal Articles

Librarians can’t resist sharing information, even when it’s vacation.

Now here’s a perennial question that plagues students: How do I find journal articles?

If you have the citation–e.g. author, article title, journal title, etc–you should search LINC+ with the journal title to check whether we subscribe to either the print or electronic versions of the journal. For more information, check out our guide on this topic.

If you don’t have a citation but want to find journal articles on your topic, you should search a database with keywords for your topic. Try tossing in a pinch of synonyms, boolean operators and other cool geeky stuff for good measure. Since we subscribe to more than 150 databases, which database should you use? Well, you can either check the subject guides created by your resourceful librarians or browse the databases by subjects.

One of the most unforgettable searches I’ve ever witnessed came from a database vendor who eschewed boring and depressing topics and used “french fries” instead. So to beef up your database searching skills, try plonking in your favourite food or hobby and see what quirky results you get. Have fun and let me know how it goes!

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