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Library Orientation: Finding Journal Articles

Basic introduction to library resources


  • Choose the right database for what you need. General databases cover a lot of ground, but subject specific databases like Sociological Abstracts, Pubmed, ERIC or PsycInfo might save you time and get you better results.
  • Many databases have a way to limit results to scholarly articles or peer-reviewed articles.
  • Don't limit yourself only to full text articles in your database - let InfoLink find more options for you.

How to search for Journal Articles

Resources - A Selection of Databases available from The University of Iowa Libraries

A selection of just some of the many databases available for finding articles is listed below. Other indexes and databases can be found through the Find Resources section of the Library's website. 

These databases help you locate relevant articles in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. In many cases, the full text of the article is available right in the database. When that is not the case, always click on the gold UILink UILink button  to see if we subscribe to the periodical in print or online. Chances are good that we do.

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Dan Gall
Subjects: Social Work