Hi, and welcome to "Finding Articles and E-Journals" with the Loyola University Libraries. Finding this information is really easy, but there are a few rules you need to abide by to be successful.
1.) Always start at the library's website (http://libraries.luc.edu). Don't go to Google Scholar, or the website for the journal, because you'll hit a pay wall. If you start at the Library Website, you'll never be asked to pay for anything.
2.) When you're searching for a journal, eliminate all leading articles. Search "New York Times" not "The New York Times."
3.) Double check your spelling. Unlike Google, our search engine won't correct your spelling, so make sure you've got it right.
4.) Librarians consider newspapers, academic journals, magazines, and periodicals to be essentially the same thing. If it's published on a regular schedule, check for it in the E-Journals tab.
5.) Lastly: if we don't have it, request it. Just because we don't have the journal or article you're looking for, doesn't mean we can't get it. Request the item via interlibrary loan to have it delivered. Articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically, and full issues of journals and books will be delivered by mail.
Okay, let's get started.
Let's say you're assigned to read this article for class. We immediately know a few things about it, such as the journal that published it, the title of the article, the authors, and the date it was published. The easiest way to find the article is by starting at the library home page.
Click on the tab that says "E-Journals" and search the title of the journal. Don't search the title of the article, because nothing will be found. After you've searched the journal title, if you don't get any results check Pegasus to see if we have the journal in print.
If we have electronic access to a journal you'll see a list on the search results page. We don't have the same kind of subscription that you would have at home for the Wall Street Journal Online; we get access through our databases. This is a list of all the different iterations of the Wall Street Journal you can access, and which database it can be found in. Sometimes you'll see several databases listed with different date ranges included, and that's just because many databases will often offer access to the most popular journals. You can just choose which you'd like to use.
We want the regular Wall Street Journal online, so we just click this link to open the right database to the right spot. If you're off campus, you'll be asked to log in at this time. Now you can find the article two ways.
1.) Expand by date. We know from our citation that we want the June 29th, 2012 issue of the Wall Street Journal. So we just go in an expand 2012, then expand June, then select June 29th. Scroll through the articles until you find the right one.
2.) You can also start at the journal search page, and search within the publication. Type in the title of the article or the authors that were given in your citation. Click the link that says full text to read the article. If you click on the title, you'll find more information about the article and have the ability to email yourself a link to the article, export it to a citation manager, or even have the database cite the article for you.
Because we get our journals through the databases, each journal is going to look a little bit different, but they'll all have the same basic functions. If you ever have a problem searching the journals, talk to a librarian and they'll be able to help you.
If we don't have your journal electronically, go back to our home page and click on the link that says interlibrary loan. Sign in with your UVID and password, and click the link that says "make a new request." Insert the citation information from your assignment and submit the request. It'll be scanned and sent to you ASAP. Allow about two days for article request, and probably 5 days during finals.
Just remember, we're always here to help. If you're still struggling, check out the hours and locations of the library nearest you, and come by to see us.