How to find articles

It can be a difficult task finding journal and newspaper articles for your paper. You may think typing a few words into Google is the best idea, but give the library resources a try.

Articles are indexed and searchable in what librarians like to call databases. Many articles are available in full text and accessible from off campus just by signing in using your network login and password.


If you're not sure where to begin, try Academic Search CompleteJSTOR or ABI/Inform. Any of these resources have articles on a wide range of topics. Or see what sources are recommended for your specific course in the Subject Guide.

You should not have to pay for any articles you find. If an article is not full text within a database look for the "Find It" button. Clicking this button will search to see if the article is full text in another resource or you can request it via Interlibrary Loan. It generally takes 3-4 business days from the time of request to receive an article electronically.

Newspaper Databases & News Sites - If your topic is very current or local in nature, newspapers may be a good place to start searching.

Databases listed Alphabetically - This guide provides the whole list of UW Colleges databases and electronic resources listed alphabetically. It also includes some Quick Links to recommended resources.