The majority of current articles are available online through our library. No single database contains all articles.
Here are the basic steps to find an article
See detailed information below
After you have performed your initial search, view only Journal Articles by using the left-hand sidebar to filter results.
Sometimes it is best to search a more specific journal database. When you search a database, you'll get information from lots of journals at once, saving you time and energy. Most databases are subject-specific, so you know you'll get relevant information. To browse databases by topic, use the tabs across the top of this box.
You can also access databases from Memorial Library's homepage. Use the following menu options to find subject-specific databases.
If you know the name of the database you're looking for, click Article Databases A-Z and find it easily.
If you do not know which database to use, click Class & Subject Guides.
Choose a guide related to your topic.
Review the guide to discover recommended article databases.
Databases all look a little different, but they work in similar ways.
Here's an example using the Academic Search Premier database:
If you're getting too many irrelevant results, you can narrow your results using the sidebar. Here's how:
Sometimes, however, NOT limiting to Full Text can turn up better search results. By including non-full text results, your search will include articles from other databases available at the Library (and at other libraries from which the University can borrow).
As you continue with your research, you may want to change your keywords by using words and phrases you find within your results. Be on alert for synonyms and abbreviations for the keywords you choose.
All databases look a little different, but they all work in pretty much the same way. You'll see
Locating an Article Within a Journal Database
A full text article is usually available in one of two formats:
PDF: a scanned document retaining the original layout of a print article
HTML: a single web page containing the document
If an Article is Not Available in Full Text
If the journal record has no full text option, you may still be able to access the article. Click on the link near the citation labeled Get Article, Go to Article, or Click Here for Other Article Options.
1. Get Article
2. Go to Article
3. Click Here For Other Article Options
Journal Availability Window
A new screen will open with the article’s citation, and links to find the journal article online or in paper. It will look like this:
Sometimes, instead of linking to another database, the page will link back to the library catalog. "Memorial Library's Print Holdings" means that the library subscribes to a paper copy of the journal. Journals are located in the Periodicals section of the library on the first floor.
If Minnesota State University, Mankato Does Not Own an Article
If the journal availability window says “Sorry, no holdings were found for this journal,” Minnesota State, Mankato does not have immediate access to this publication. You may order the article from another library by submitting an Interlibrary Loan Request.
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