Finding Articles

Finding Articles


Articles are found in Article Databases.  Unfortunately, there is not one single database that contains all articles, so the first step to finding articles, is picking a database. We have a large collection of journal-article indexes/databases in differerent subject areas that allow you to locate articles by subject, author, title and more.

Choosing article databases
  • Databases by Subject is arranged by broad subjects like General & Broad Subjects, History, Film & Media Studies, and the Medical Sciences.  It is a great place to start when exploring what is available in a discipline.
  • If you know exactly which database you want to use, go directly to the Databases A-Z list.
  • 10-12 of our most popular databases can be be found on the Most Popular Databases Page
  • Not sure where to begin? Try our most popular database,  Academic Search Premierfrom EBSCOHost. It indexes over 4,500 academic and popular journals and includes full-text coverage of over 3600 scholarly journals.

You are always welcome to ask a reference librarian for assistance.


Don't try to use the Library Catalog to find articles. Scotty and Melvyl don't have any idea what is inside thejournals we own.

How do I search a database?

Each of the several hundred databases the Library subscribes to varies somewhat in how they look or are searched. When searching an unfamiliar database:

  • Locate the built-in Help feature
  • Use the Advanced Search option for more precise and efficient searching
  • Start with Keyword Searching and then refine using Subject terms
Is my article full-text online?

Once you have found an article in a database that is interesting to you, use UC-eLINKS to find the out where is it. If the article is available online, UC-eLinks will either connect directly to it or provide a link that says "find it online..." If the article is available in print in the library, you will likely see a call number. If UCR does not have the article, you can click on"Request from another library".

Where does the Library keep its print journals?

Recent journals are in the Current Periodicals section of each library. Older volumes of journals are bound and shelved in the stacks of each library by call number. Current periodicals are on the second (main) floor of the Orbach Science Library. Current periodicals are on the first floor in Rivera. The call numbers for all journals can be found in Scotty.

Sometimes the best way to find journal articles is in the Reference list of articles you have already found.


Last modified: 1/4/2013 11:47 AM by A. Frenkel

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