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Finding and using articles

This page will help you understand the basics of finding articles on the library website and using them in your classroom. Scroll down for the step-by-step breakdown! 

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Step 1: Choose some search terms


The first thing you'll want to do is choose some words that cover the most important parts of the topic you're searching for.

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Step 2: Use the search box


After coming up with some good search words, you'll want to head to the library website and add them to the search box you find there. Then hit enter or click the magnifying glass!




Step 3: Limit your results


There's a good chance that the list of results that comes up will include much more than articles. In fact, you're more likely to see books at the top of the list. To only view articles in your results, click "Articles" in the format box on the left. You can also click "Peer Reviewed" if you only want scholarly articles.




Step 4: View the article


When you find an article you're interested in reading, click the View Online button. This will take you to the article's page in one of our databases. Next, you'll want to click (usually on the left) the link for the PDF Full Text. That will bring you to the article!




Step 5: Add to Brightspace or share with students


If you decide that you want to use the article you found, look for the permalink. (Usually you can find this by clicking the little chainlink icon on the right.) You can paste the permalink into your Brightspace classroom, your syllabus, or an email to allow students easy access to the article.