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How can I find journal articles?

Use the keywords from your topic sentence (see: How can I find information on my topic) to search for journal articles in databases – guides to the contents of journals, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Start with a general or multidisciplinary database to get an overview of your topic
    Academic Search Complete
    Lexis Nexis Academic
  • Use a subject database to find more in-depth information. See our subject guides for a list of department-specific databases.
  • Some databases have full text articles, some have only citations (brief description of the article), some have a mix of full text and citations.
Note: You will need to authenticate via Single Sign-on when searching for articles from off-campus. See Connecting from Off-Campus for more details.

Getting articles

  1. Make sure you have a complete citation when you go to retrieve your articles. A complete citation includes journal title, article title, author, volume/issue, date, and page numbers.


    Magistrale, Tony. "Wild Child: Jim Morrison's Poetic Journeys." Journal of Popular Culture 26.3 (Winter 1992): 133-44.

  2. Search for the journal title in our A-to-Z Journal List (available from the library's home page) to see if UMBC has print or electronic access to the journal.

Now that you have some journal articles, you are ready to search for books...

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