Answered By: Tamie Willis
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019     Views: 366

How do I find an article in a specific database?


  • From the library's home page, click on Find Articles and choose the database you want to use. Databases are categorized by alphabetical order and subject (Literature, Business, etc.).
  • Search databases that contain materials on your research topic (e.g., search PsycArticles if your topic is about Psychology) 
  • Also search general databases, which contain information about many different subjects. Some good general databases are:
    • Academic Search (some full text)
    • Business Source Complete
    • JSTOR
  • Many of the articles have the full text and you have the options of viewing online, saving them, or emailing them to yourself.
  • If the article is not full text online through a database, you'll need to follow these steps to get it:
    • First, use the search box on the library's homepage and search for the article title. It may be available online through another database and if so, the All Search box will help you locate it. If it is not available in full text, go to the second step.
    • Second, search the library catalog by the journal title to see:
      • Is the journal in the OC Library?
      • If it is, is the journal on paper, fiche, or film?
      If it's in the library, you can make a copy of it. Otherwise, you'll need to go to the third step.
    • Third, request the article through interlibrary loan; articles requested through interlibrary loan usually arrive within two weeks and cost $0.10 a page.
  • All paper and microform journals are located on the 3rd floor of the library.
  • If you have any problems or questions while looking for articles with a specific database, please contact a librarian by going to the library, calling 425-5312, or using the Ask a Librarian option.