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Library DIY

Looking for a specific article

1. Search the Library Search Box

Most of our articles can be found by searching the Library Search Box. You can search by title; if you know you have the exact title use quotation marks around it (i.e "beard movement in Victorian Britain"). It may help to add the author's name if you are doing a general keyword search as well.

2. Search Google Scholar

If you can't locate the item in the Library Search Box, try Google Scholar. If you search on campus, or if you are using your own computer and have added the DU Library to your Google Scholar Library Links, look for the Full-Text @ Davenport U to the right of the article title.

3. Search the Journals By Titles list for the publication in which the article appeared.

If you don't find the article in the Library Search Box or Google Scholar, but you know the journal title in which the article appeared, search for the publication in the Journals By Title list. If you locate the publication, you can then search within it for the article.

  • On the Journals By Title list, there may be multiple versions of the journal - some may be available electronically, and others may be available only in print. The record will indicate where the journal is located (e.g. through a database or in the library collection).
  • When you locate the journal title, look at the record for the publication dates for which the journal is available. Be sure the publication date of your article matches with the publication years listed.
  • Access the journal by clicking on the database name and navigate to the article you need.  If you're accessing the article electronically and don't see the full text immediately, look for a search box to search by title. 

4. Inter-Library Loan
If we do not have the article in our databases or print collections, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Do not pay for individual articles - you are already paying for access with your IU tuition.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!