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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. You can also search for scholarly articles in UW Libraries Search. If you discover an article that UW does not have access to in a full-text version, try requesting an Interlibrary Loan article scan

1. Click Research Guides on the UW Libraries homepage.

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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. Choose a database and search for scholarly articles within that database. Note that clicking on a database option will open the page in a new tab. Need help searching within the database? AskUs! 

5. As you browse the results, look for these icons Adobe PDF icon html full text icon screenshot of open access icon in order to access the full text of articles. You can also click on the 'Check for Full text' icon Check for Full Text icon to be redirected into the UW libraries catalog. This lets you see if UW Libraries has access to the full text version of an article. 

Tip: When browsing, select the Screenshot of 'Full Text' checkmarked. 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 obviously available? The full text of an article may be available through Interlibrary Loans from another institution. For more information on requesting access to an item that we do not have, visit this guide

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