Searching for a specific article

If you know exactly what article you’re looking for, and have some basic citation information like the title and author, you can search for it using two main strategies.

Use Library Search

In Library Search, the main search box on the library homepage, type the beginning of the article title and the last name of the author (the first author if there are more than one). Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.

Here is an example of an article citation: Gibbons, A. (2006). Ancient figs push back origin of plant cultivation. Science, 312(5778), 1292–1292.

And here is the search you might use: "ancient figs push back” gibbons.

A Library Search on the Library website homepage using the title "ancient figs push back" and the author "gibbons."

To read online articles, click on the title of the article or the “Available Online” link. Click on a link under “Full text availability” to open the article. If the article is only available as a physical copy, there will be an option to request it through MARS.

Browse the journal to find an article

Another way to find an article, if you have the full citation, is to find the journal or other serial in the library’s collection and browse (or search) to find the article you need.

Go to Journal search on the library homepage. Search for the journal title and click on it to expand.

Journal Search using the journal title Reading Research Quarterly.

Under “Online Access,” “Full text availability,” look at the available collections that contain the journal or other serial of interest. Click on a link that contains the year you need and navigate to a specific issue.

The Journal Search showing “Online Access,” “Full text availability,” with a link to the EBSCOhost Education Source database, which is available from January 1, 1994 on, excluding the most recent one year.

To find a particular issue, look at the date ranges on the journal entry. Look for the date of publication for your article (it may be just a year or a month/day/year), and then click on the appropriate link.

For example, in the following citation, look for the journal Reading Research Quarterly and coverage for the year 2017. You should also note the volume (52) and issue number (4): Tompkins, V., Bengochea, A., Nicol, S., & Justice, L. M. (2017). Maternal inferential input and children’s language skills. Reading Research Quarterly, 52(4), 397–416.

In this case, you can find Volume 52, Number 4, 2017, in several collections, including the EBSCOhost Education Source database.

You may be taken directly to a list of issues and dates, or you may need to look for a link that says “Archive” or “Browse the Archive.”

When you have the correct issue, look for your article. Articles typically appear in page number order. (You may be able to search within a particular journal, depending on the website.) Click on the article title or look for a link to a PDF or HTML (Read Online) version of the article.

If you don’t find the article you need

If the library does not have an article you want, you can request it from other libraries. Learn how to request books and articles through Interlibrary Loan.