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Journal articles answer a very specific question, very thoroughly. Because of this, the keywords you use to search for articles can be more specific than the keywords you use to search for books. Limit your search to a few keywords for best results.
Try searching for the:
- Artist's Name (i.e. "Frida Kahlo")
- Artwork Title (i.e. "Mona Lisa")
- Art Movement (i.e. Impressionism)
If I'm looking for articles describing the human body in Michelangelo's art, some complex keyword searches I can try are:
- Michelangelo AND (anatomy OR body)
- "Italian Renaissance" AND anatomy
- "Sistine Chapel" AND figur*
Learn how to use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in your search in this Boolean Searching presentation:
Search for Articles
Try searching in one of the databases below! Use one or two keywords for best results.
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.
Art & Architecture Complete This link opens in a new window
Full-text database for articles in art and architecture with over 63,000 images.
Humanities International Complete This link opens in a new window
Index, abstracts, and full text for journals, books and other resources in the humanities.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Online access to scholarly articles in the arts and sciences.
To narrow down your search results, try using the following limiters:
- Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
- English Language
- Full Text
Find the Full Text
When you're going through your search results, there are a few ways to find the full-text of an article:
Click on the PDF Full Text link.
Click on the Find it! button to find the article through another resource.
Don't see a PDF Full Text link or Find it! button? Try searching for the journal title (i.e. American Journal of Nursing) in Journal Finder.
Still can't find the full-text?! Submit an Article Request form. Please note that it may take several days to process your request!
Creating citations for articles is easy! The database does most of the work for you!
Follow these steps to find the citation for an article in the database:
- From your Search Results List, click on the article title. This will open up a detailed record view of the article.
- Look for Tools over on the right side of the page.
- Under Tools, click on Cite. The button looks like this:
- A list of Citation Formats should open up. Scroll down to the citation style of your choice.
- Copy & paste the citation into your list of references.
- Check for errors! Always make sure your citation is formatted correctly.
For more information on Citations, check out this page!
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