How to Write a Research Paper: Articles

A step-by-step guide.


Databases provide access to magazine, journal and newspaper articles. 

For the best results, choose the article database that most closely "fits" your topic.  

To identify the most appropriate article database for your topic/subject:

  • Go to the Library's Database page.  Select the DATABASES BY SUBJECT pull down bar and choose a subject most appropriate for your topic
  • See if there is a LibGuide that covers your subject area or topic.

Search strategies will provide you with some database search tips and tricks.

Article Formats

Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:

Citation.  Includes only the article’s citation information (e.g. author, title, date, volume, etc.). Neither an abstract nor the full-text of the article are available.

Abstract.  Includes the article’s citation information and a brief summary of the article's content--an abstract.

Full-Text.  Includes a full-text copy of the article. The article may be available in HTML format, .pdf format (displays the article as it originally appeared in the magazine with graphics and pictures), or both.

How Do I Find a Scholarly Journal Article?

How Do I Find Full-Text?

Identify a Scholarly Journal Article