Articles are great for research! They usually cover a very narrow topic in great detail and are written by experts.
Looking for articles from any journal?
Use a database! To get started:
Need more help?
Keep scrolling for step-by-step instructions and videos. And you can always ask a librarian for individual help.
Some databases include full text articles along with the citations. If that's the case, just click the full text link to open the article! If you're starting with a citation from another resource, or if you find a database citation without full text, you'll need access the article another way:
If the journal is not available online, we may have a print copy in the library. You can access these in person or by requesting a scan:
If the Libraries own the hardcopy journal but don't have access to an electronic version, you may request a copy of the article via our free scanning service, ScanIt @ H:
If full text is not available through the UHart Libraries, we can often get an electronic copy through Interlibrary Loan.
You will receive an email when your scan is ready. Usually a PDF copy will be sent via email within a few days, though some requests may take longer.
Unfortunately, there is no one database you can use to search all journal articles. Each database has citations from a different set of journals. Often a database will focus on one subject area, so the first step to finding an article citation is to find an appropriate database to search.
On the Allen Library homepage, the most helpful performing arts databases are listed under Find Articles & Dissertations. To find more:
Top tips for starting your search:
If you can't find what you're looking for in one database, try a different database to search different journals.
If you don't get the results you're looking for, you may need to broaden or narrow your search and try again. One way to do so is to add related terms or synonyms to broaden your search. Then use connector words to combine all your terms into one efficient search.
When you search multiple words, a database will look for those words separately, anywhere in the citation. With quotation marks around a multi-word term, a database will look for those words together, exactly as written. So put quotation marks around multi-word terms (e.g. "music therapy") to search more precisely.
If your search gets too many results, you can limit results by language, source type, date, and more. Select limiters on the main search page before you search, or in the left menu after you search. However, limiting too much may exclude useful results, so add limiters carefully!
The Libraries pay for University faculty, staff, and students to access electronic resources that are not available free online. You may find some of these resources when searching Google, but full access is only available through links on library webpages.
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