You can use the library's OneSearch catalog feature or choose one of the library's databases to find articles. When using databases, choose a database that seems suited to your particular topic. You can narrow the database list down by subject using the dropdown menu at the top. Or ask a librarian for help figuring out which databases might be best.
Just want to get started? Browse our Popular Databases list for the most frequently used databases.
You can search for articles by keywords, author, title or subjects.
Browse the databases below if you aren't sure what topic you want to focus on. These databases cover current issues and may offer some topic ideas. They generally provide background information, as well as a pro/con look at different sides of an issue.
CQ Researcher - Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, and science and technology.
Issues & Controversies - Includes coverage of hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
Opposing Viewpoints - Provides information on today's hottest social and controversial issues.
If one of the pro/con databases doesn't have everything you need, or if your instructor said you have to use scholarly articles from journals, use the following general databases to find articles about your topic.
Not sure what the difference is between magazines and journals? Check out our Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines page!
Database Search Tips
Once you select a database, conduct a search using the keywords you identified for your topic.
Tip! E-mail articles to yourself along with their citations so you don’t lose them. Remember to check computer-generated citations carefully to be sure they are correct!
Articles are sometimes available in more than one format, such as HTML or PDF. When given the option, choose PDF, as this will be a scanned version of the original printed article and will ensure that any images, charts or graphs, and page numbers will be preserved.