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💬 Using the catalog to find articles on your topic

Step 1: What are the keywords of your topic?

Before you start looking for articles, think about these aspects of your topic:

  • Who, What, When, Where, How.
  • Write down the keywords (important terms) and their synonyms.
    • Include broader and narrower keywords ('iPhone' is narrower than 'cellphone')

Step 2: Find articles in the library catalog with your keywords.

1. Go to the homepage of the library, where you can search the library CATALOG with the keywords you wrote down in step 1:

2. Limit yourself to articles only, by selecting the option to the left side of the search results:



3. Click on the orange 'view now' link. It will direct you to the database that has the full text of this article:


Step 3: Do you have limits on what kind of article you can use?

Some professors may ask you to use articles that are:

  • Peer-reviewed (reviewed by other researchers before publication).
  • From the last ___ years (publication date).
  • From a select list of journals (publications).

To filter your results like this, it is better if you go directly to a database.

  1. Look through our database list and find a database that covers the general area of your topic. 
  2. Use your keywords to search.
  3. The article requirements can be filtered out after you have done your search. You can find those options usually toward the left side of the search results, they usually look like this:

Quick Tools


Allows you to upload or enter information for any one article or paper and helps you find up to 50 more new full text articles.

UWest A-Z Periodical (Journals, Magazines, Newspapers) List Select items at the resource for UWest patrons only.

Browse through an alphabetical list of periodicals (journals, magazines & newspapers).

UWest Article Link Resolver Select items at the resource for UWest patrons only.

This form takes the citation of the specific journal article you are looking for and checks if it is available at UWest. This is very sensitive to spelling and punctuation.