How to Find Articles

How Do I . . . Find Articles from a Magazine, Journal or Newspaper?

Finding articles on a topic is a multi-step process.

Step One: Select a research database for your research.

 Step Two: Conduct your search.
  • Create a list of keywords that describe your topic or idea.
  • Type combinations of these keywords into the search boxes.
  • Use "AND" and "OR" to connect keywords. 
  • Need more help searching the databases?   
 Step Three: Review the results.
  • Browse through your results.
  • Read the abstract, or summary, of the article.
  • Print the full citation for the article; you will need this information for your works cited page and for locating articles.
 Step Four: Is the article available in full text?
  • Do you see a link labeled "PDF Full-Text" or "HTML Full-Text?" [NOTE: You need the most recent version of Adobe Reader to view many of the articles. Free Adobe Reader download.] 
    • Yes - Click the link to get the entire article. 
    • No - Try the link labeled "Find It." Look for a link labeled "View Full-text."
    • Not sure, go to How do I get full text of an article?
  • Still no full-text link? Move on to Step Five or ask the reference staff for help.
 Step Five: Locate articles not available in full text.
  • Conduct a title search for the journal/magazine/newspaper title in the
    Library Catalog to see if the Library owns it.  
  • The Library Catalog will tell you if the Library has the publication and where it is located.
  • Articles not available in full text or in the LCCC Library's periodical collection can be requested from another library through Interlibrary Loan. This can require up to 14 business days. Please see the reference staff. Service limited to LCCC students, faculty and staff.


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