How Do I...
...find an article on my topic?
To find an article on a topic, you should start with a periodical index that covers your subject.
Start by visiting the main Indexes and Databases page
under Find Articles.
DO NOT go to the Library Catalog. You cannot find articles using the Library Catalog.
- The indexes are listed alphabetically as well as by subject. If you are unsure which indexes or
databases to try, begin by browsing the By Subject section. Select an index that covers publications
in your subject area.
- Once you have selected an index, enter keywords into the search box. You may need to use
multiple keywords and/or synonyms. For information about entering terms and combining searches, and
other database features, check out the link to HELP, or ask a reference librarian for
- When you enter search terms, the index will retrieve a list of citations to articles on your
topic. These "citations" display the author and title of the article, and the title, volume, date
and page number of the magazine or journal in which the article appeared. Sometimes, an "abstract",
or summary, of the article is also provided.
- Once you identify articles that you want to read, the next step is to locate the actual
article. In some cases the full-text of the article will be available on-line from the index you are
using or through the
button. However, some of our periodical indexes do not include the full text of the articles they
cover. To find these articles, you will need to note the full citation information, including:
|VERY IMPORTANT||The Journal title|
|VERY IMPORTANT||The date of publication|
|IMPORTANT||The article title|
|IMPORTANT||The volume number, issue number, and pages|
With this information, you can go to the Library Catalog to find out if any of the Rutgers libraries have the
journal that you are looking for. For more information, please read How do I get my article? or
How do I know if RU has a particular journal?
- If you are a Rutgers University student, staff, or faculty member and the Rutgers University Libraries:
For more information on article delivery and interlibrary loan, please read the Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery Services FAQ.
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