Frequently Asked Questions - Getting Journal and Newspaper Articles

1. Which index or database should I use to find an article?
From the Library's homepage, select the Find Articles tab in the middle of the page and then select Databases by Subject. Click on the broad subject area that relates to your topic. Then connect to any of the databases listed and search by your topic.

2. Does the library have all the journals listed in the databases?
No, our library does not have all the journals listed in the databases. For information on how to find out what journals the library has, check out question 3 below.

3. How can I find out if the library has a journal?
To check which journals we have, go to our Library homepage, select the Find Articles tab in the middle of the page and then select Journal Title Search, and type the title of the journal in the "Search titles" box. If we have the journal, a list of access options will display below the title. [More] If we do not have a particular journal, you have the option of requesting it through the Interlibrary Loans process.

4. What can I do if the library doesn't have the journal I want?
You have the option of requesting the article through the Interlibrary Loans process. You must fill out an online form and submit it electronically. To access this form, go to our Library homepage, select Interlibrary Loans from the Quick Links menu on left side of page. [More]

5. Can I access the Library's databases from home?
Yes, U of L students, faculty and staff have access to the Library's databases from their home computers if they have an Internet connection--you will be prompted to give your username and password to gain access.

 

If you have problems connecting to the databases from home, check out the Connecting Off-Campus guide.

6. How can I tell which databases have the full-text of the articles?
To access our databases, follow these links: Library homepage > Find Articles tab > By Title or > Databases by Subject. To view a description of each databases, click on "More" beside each title. Look for bullets containing the word "full-text".

7. I'm not a U of L student, staff or faculty member. Can I access your databases?
If you come into the Library, you will be able to access all databases from the Library's computers. Anyone is welcome to do this, however, you will not have access to all databases from off-campus, as access to our subscription databases is restricted to U of L students, staff and faculty members. Check out our list of free databases available to anyone.

8. I have an abbreviated journal title and need the full title. How can I find the complete title?
From our Library homepage, select the Guides tab in the middle of the page> Identifying Journal Title Abbreviations. Choose the most appropriate link and enter the journal title abbreviation. If you are still unable to find the complete title, ask for assistance at the Information and Research Assistance Desk on Level 10 (403-329-2263) or ask via Ask Us.

9. I've never accessed journal articles before. Where do I start?
To view options for getting help, check out our Ask Us service. Your best choice will be to come into the Library and ask the Information and Research Assistance Desk staff for help getting started. [Hours of opening]



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 Content Revised: September 16, 2014


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