One of the most complicated processes in Library research is finding articles on a topic.
If you know an article exists, and you have a citation for it, it's not difficult to locate it. See our tutorial on "Navigating from a Citation to a Document".
However, if you have no idea where the articles have been published, you need to follow a process:
Not all articles are available from every library; the library has to subscribe to it. We have systems in place to identify what is available and link you to it. If we don't have an article, you can ask us to order it for you - through Interlibrary Loan.
This tutorial covers the process of finding articles from beginning to end; click on the tabs at the top to move through the stages.
If there is a Library Test required for a course you're taking, the test will focus on the use of databases (indexes) to find articles. Feel free to return to this tutorial at any time; it's more important to know where to find this information when you need it, than to memorize it.