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Getting Started with Finding Articles: Home

If you are unfamiliar with how to search Millersville's library resources for articles about a topic, you are at the right place. 

Where to start your search for articles

As a college student, you're probably going to need to find articles for your research papers. Here are a few tips on where to start your search:

Library Search

This is a great place to start if you're not sure what database to use.

  • searches almost all of the library's databases and resources at once
  • find information on topics that cut across different disciplines
  • the number and variety of results can be overwhelming, so you may need to filter through them to find what you need.

Subject Specific Databases

  • automatically limited to a specific field of study, so they can be a great way to find articles that are relevant to your topic
  • often offer unique advanced search features that can help you narrow down your results
  • may miss some items that are not included in the database

Academic Search Ultimate

  • has broad coverage like LibrarySearch, but it produces fewer results
  • less likely to find irrelevant articles, but you may also have to do a little more work to find what you need.

Searching for a known item

Find a known item by doing “Title Search” using LibrarySearch.

Library Search can be found on the library homepage. You'll get better results if you choose the 'Title' radio button before doing your search. This works for both specific articles and for journals by name.

For articles: If you see your article in the results list, it may be available in full text in one of our databases, or you may be able to request it.

For journals: If we have access, you can choose the Access options and then browse or search within the journal.


Find a Known Item by Using Publication Finder

You can also search for specific journal titles searching Journals by Name

Articles Video Playlist

Videos and Tutorials

Use these videos and tutorials to learn how to start your research! 


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