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MCE 401/402 and Graduate Students: How to Find Articles

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Finding Articles

Identifying and locating articles on your topic is a simple 3-step process. If you are looking for a specific article, skip to step 4.

1. Choose a Database
  • Databases provide information about articles in a certain subject area. You can search for articles by subject, title, and/or author.
  • To identify the best database for your need, click on a relevant category and review the database descriptions or see the librarians’ recommendations in the Subject Guides.
Tip: Be sure to activate your URI ID at the library Circulation Desk so you can use the databases off-campus.
2. Search the Database
  • Use significant keywords or subject terms to describe your topic when searching.
  • Scan your results to identify citations that seem relevant or interesting.
3. Get the article(s).
Be aware that articles come from various library resources. You may need to:
  • Search in the library catalog for the journal title to see if the Library subscribes to this journal – either in print or electronically.
  • Follow the links from the citation to the full-text online article.
4. Already have a citation for a specific article?
  • To see if the Library subscribes to the journal electronically, use the Citation Linker.
  • Search in the library catalog for the journal title to see if the Library subscribes to this journal in print.
Why should I use articles?
  • Articles are a great source of highly specific information for your research.
  • Articles can provide the most recent information available.
  • Articles are an excellent source of historical information.
  • Articles are available from many different types of publications: scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, chapters in books, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journals, etc.

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