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Articles - what are they?

  • An article is a written piece from a publication such as a journal, magazine or newspaper. 
  • Faculty expect edited pieces from a valid publisher; information on the web from companies or individuals and wikipedia are usually unacceptable
  • Faculty may require articles of a particular type, i.e. newspaper, popular magazine, or scholarly journal
  • Access to articles is provided through licensed databases on the library website. These databases collect articles from many publications.
  • Some of the most useful of these databases for your discipline are listed to the right.  Others are found in our A-Z database list.

Articles - How to Search for Them

  1. Try a title or keyword search on your topic.
  2. Look for useful "subject" or "descriptor" words.  These will either be in a list on the results page, or you may need to look at a number of individual records.
  3. Go back to the search screen and search BY SUBJECT/DESCRIPTOR (not by title/keyword) using the words you discovered in step 2.
  4. Be sure to take advantage of:
    • Boolean connectors (AND, OR, NOT)
    • Truncation/Wildcard (educat*)
    • Phrase searching ("childhood obesity")
  5. When you find an item you want, use ArticleLinker to get it.

Articles - finding a database

Find the most relevant databases using our A-Z Databases page.

Choose your area from the subjects drop-down (e.g. "Education" or "Business") and choose "Articles" from the database types drop-down.

  • Search hint:  To limit to journal articles: 
    • Click the Scholarly/Peer reviewed limit box on the search screen


Look for position-taking pieces and/or analyses of issues in:

Other sources that cover controversy include Public Agenda,, and Policy Archive.

Looking for a periodical?

Does Potsdam have online access to a particular journal or magazine article?

Is the article full text in the database?

Full Text in database - You will see one of these symbols - click on it:

Full Text elsewhere? Searches other databases, shows a link to Potsdam's ILLiad if not online.


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