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How do I find articles?

University Libraries has lots of article databases! Databases index articles. A database record for an article includes author, title, and other bibliographic information needed for citations. The record also usually includes an abstract, list of subject headings and other information about the article which can help researchers determine how relevant it is to their research.

Database search engines can be simple - all you need to do is type words to retrieve articles! However, the better you understand how to use the search engine, the more relevant your list of articles will be.

First of all, what type of article are you looking for? Newspapers, scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications all provide articles. Articles can even be primary sources! Learn more about what make an article a primary source on the Types of Sources guide.

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University Libraries has databases for many types of sources. Use the drop down menus on the A-Z Databases page to locate databases pertinent to specific subjects, and to locate databases that index the types of sources relevant to your research.

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Database Types drop down menuResearchers can use the WSU Libraries A-Z Databases page to select databases (electronic resources) that meet specific parameters. Use the "All Database Types" drop down menu to select databases that are primarily images, newspapers, primary sources, or other types of sources.

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