How to Find an Article or a Library Database

Select a Library Database to Search

Library databases (sometimes called indexes) are like search engines but search journal, magazine, newspapers and other sources.

  • A general database like MNCAT Discovery or Academic Search Premier help you to search across disciplines.
  • A subject-specific database like PubMed in the health sciences, JSTOR in the humanities or Business Source Premier in business are tailored to a specific discipline and help you to find articles, data and other sources in those areas. See our Databases by Subject.
  • Most library databases provide the full text of the article. Click "view online," "PDF," or on the "Find it"  button button in the results to connect to the full text if we have it.
  • Some databases contain other types of unique materials such as dissertations, images, music, videos, government documents and more. See Databases A-Z.

Not sure where to start? Try using one of these...

If you are searching for a specific article...

CitationLinker allows you to enter your citation and find out whether or not the University Libraries provides full text. To use CitationLinker you must, at a minimum, know the title of the journal, magazine or newspaper the article is in (e.g. Journal of Clinical Nursing, New York Times); or either have a PMID or DOI number.

Electronic Journals
Search for the title of the journal, magazine or newspaper (e.g. Newsweek, Journal of Anthropology). Then search within the publication for your article or topic.

University Libraries Catalog
Search the Libraries catalog for the title of the journal, magazine or newspaper. MNCAT will tell you how to view it online or locate a copy in print.

If the University does not provide access to the journal, magazine or newspaper you need, request it from Interlibrary Loan.