Answered By: Janet Franks
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2019     Views: 0

Below are instructions to finding articles on your topic, in our two major databases, EBSCO and ProQuest. If you only need a definition, you can look up your topic under the E-Books link, and select one of the e-reference databases. If you need more assistance please let us know, and if so, please copy and paste the assignment so we know more specifically what you are looking for.

TO FIND JOURNAL ARTICLES ON YOUR RESEARCH TOPIC USING “EBSCO” DATABASES -Go to the library web page at or from the “Library” link at

-Click on the Find An Article tab.
-Select EBSCO;
-If you are prompted to login, enter your SLU username [first name.last name] and the password that you use for your SLU email.
-Select All EBSCOhost Reference Databases on the next page that loads.
- “Select All.”
-Click on the Continue button at the top or bottom of the page.
-Click on Advanced Search under the search box.
-Scroll down the page and check the boxes next to Full-Text (and Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, if required for your assignment). The full-text button ensures that all of your results will be available in PDF or HTML format; the scholarly/peer-reviewed button tells the database that you only want articles that were reviewed by experts in the field before they were chosen for publication.

-Enter your search terms in the boxes at the top of the page, separating your terms by AND, OR, or NOT to make your search more specific, and then click on “Search.” Your results will appear on the next page.

-To find out more about an article, hover your mouse over the magnifying glass. This will display an abstract (summary) of the article. If you want the article, you can read it by clicking on the “PDF Full Text” or “HTML” icons.

-If you don't get the results you're looking for, or you get too many, try to describe your topic using different terms. Come up with a list of synonyms to help with this process, and keep track of the ones you’ve tried.

-Use the options on the left side of the screen to limit your results by date, if desired. Once you identify an article that looks useful, you can email it to yourself using the link on the right side of the page. When emailing, select the citation format you need. Please see the Useful Tips section below.

TO FIND JOURNAL ARTICLES USING “PROQUEST” DATABASES -Select the “Library” link under on the portal to get to the library homepage.
-Select the “Databases” link in the left column.
-Select “ProQuest.”
-If you only see one search box, select the Advanced Search option above the search box.
- -Check the “Full-Text” box and the “Peer-Reviewed” box, if desired.
-Enter keywords for your topic in the search boxes, separating terms by AND, OR, or NOT.
-Click on the “Search” button.
-If you want current articles, use the option on the left side of the screen to limit your results to the most recent years.
-Click on “preview” to see a summary of the article before selecting it.
-Select the articles you want by checking the box next to the number to the left of the title.
-Then email it to yourself by selecting the email option at the top of the screen.

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