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FAQ: How do I find full-text scholarly articles in my subject?

Short, simple how-to and demos of frequently asked questions about using the Libraries and information resources

Articles in a subject area

Scholarly material is generally available in subject-specific databases that include journal articles, conference proceedings, and related material published in related disciplines. For example, scholarly articles in economics can be found in a database called EconLit, and health science literature is available through PubMed.

1. Click Research Guides on the UW Libraries homepage.

Research Guides link on Libraries homepage


2. Choose your research subject area from the A-Z list that appears. Note that you will need to click on a broad subject category to expose more specific guide options.

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3. Select the Find Articles menu option in your chosen subject guide to expose database options relevant to your research. Tip: This menu item may alternatively be labeled Articles or Articles & eJournals.


4. As you browse the results, look these icons Adobe PDF icon html full text icon screenshot of open access iconin order to access the full text of articles.

Tip: Select the option located on the left or right hand side of the database to retrieve only those results that have full text immediately available.


Find an article with no full text available? Find out how you can easily request it!

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