How to Find Journal Articles
Finding Articles by Topic
To find articles on a particular topic start with EOU’s Primo. Type a search term into the box and then select the Articles Only scope from the dropdown menu.
This will filter your results to just articles that the library has access to. Use the options on the left side of the results list to refine your search. Here you can limit to peer-reviewed articles or refine by type, subject, date, etc. Use the View It link or click on the article title to access the full text.
It is important to be note that Primo does not contain all of the library resources. Pierce Library subscribes to many databases and not all database content will be available in Primo. Often it is best to go directly to a subject-specific database in order to find more focused results and to conduct more exhaustive research.
To learn more about selecting and using a database for finding articles please see our Research Help page How to Select and Use Databases.
Finding a Specific Journal Article
If you are looking for a specific journal article, you can see whether Pierce library has access to it by using the Primo search tool. You will first need all of the citation information for the article - author’s name, article title, journal title, date, volume and issue number. If you do not have all of this information then you can use Google Scholar to search for the article and get the full citation information.
Once you have the citation information click on the Journals link on the Pierce Library website. Then type in the title of the journal in the search box and click search.
If Pierce Library has access to that journal then you will see the item listed in the results. If the item is available electronically it will say Online access below the item title. Click on the Online access link to access the journal. You will either be taken directly to the journal or a page with one or more links to databases or websites with full text access to that title. If there are several links you can select whichever database has the date coverage for your article.
Once you select a database you will need to then click on the appropriate date, and volume and issue number links to find your article.
If the item is available in print it will say Available at Pierce Library. Click on the item title to see the call number and location information.
If there are no results for the journal title search then Pierce Library does not have access to the article. However, the article can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. To request the article fill out the Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form with the article citation information and your information. This form is also linked from the library homepage.