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Using the Library/Learning Commons

Finding Articles

How to find articles online using library services' databases

A database contains an online collection of articles (and article citations) that have been published in magazines, journals, and newspapers. Search for articles in a database using keywords (topic words).

 Follow these steps to find articles:

  • On a computer, go to the Internet by opening up a browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer).
  • Type the URL "" in the address bar
  • Hit "Enter"
  • Once the library's web site opens, click on the "Find Books, Articles & More" link
  • From off-campus, login with your delaGATE Username and Password to access the databases
  • You can also login to delaGATE, click on the Learning Commons tab and access the databases from the "Find Articles" link.
  • The page that opens up is the library services' Quick Search page. Go to the tabs at the top of the page and click on the "All Databases A-Z" tab. You may use any of the databases listed on this page to search for articles. (Each database has different types of articles. Chose the database that contains the kind of articles needed for an assignment or research topic - the databases are also grouped by subject).
  • Chose the 1st database link found on the list Academic Search Premier via EBSCO." EBSCO is a popular database used for finding magazine, journal, and newspaper articles.
  • The page that loads on your browser is the EBSCO Search Page.
  • Place a check in the "Full-Text" box. "Full Text" means that the whole article is available online.
  • Type your keywords into the "Find" field and click the "Search" button.
  • Keywords must be entered in the following format (link them with the word "and"):

Right: "drug abuse" and teenagers

Wrong: What are the effects of drug abuse on teenagers?

  • It is not necessary to type a raw topic statement or research question.
  • Keyword phrases can be typed by using quotation marks: ex. "capital punishment", "drug abuse", "robert frost".
    Single keywords do not need quotation marks: ex. diabetes.
  • To view an article, click on either the "HTML Full Text" or the "PDF Full Text" link for that article.

Scholarly vs. Popular articles

In some classes you may be required to find a scholarly or a peer-reviewed article for an assignment. The link below helps explain what makes a scholarly article different from something you would find in a magazine such as Time or Rolling Stone.

Scholarly Journals vs. Popular magazines