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How to Find Articles

How to Find Articles

Step One:

Step Two:

  • Already have a citation? Go to the A to Z of Online Journal Titles, under "Featured Resources" OR "Find Articles."
  • Looking for articles on a topic? There are two ways to search:  

Each option has advantages and disadvantages:

(A) Find Articles:

In many cases, searching individual databases such as PsycINFO, ERIC or ProQuest Central can provide a better search experience and more relevant results, particularly for in-depth research.

Why? Because there are more search options, tools, and subject specific limiters that enable you to refine your search more effectively than it's possible with the "Library Search" tool.

Not sure which database to search? ProQuest Central is a good place to start as it covers a broad number of subject areas. See "ProQuest Search Tips" for our TOP 5 suggestions on how to save time and get better results using ProQuest databases.

To see a list of recommended databases for your subject, see the following guides: 

(B) "Library Search"
The Library Search allows you to search across multiple databases simultaneously, and can be a good place to start, to find e-books, or to find a particular item. However, searching in "Library Search" also tends to be less precise, or results can be too large when searching for items on a topic, compared to using subject specific databases. For helpful tips on how to get the best results with Library Search, see the "Library Search" Guide

If you have any questions, cannot find the resources you need, or would like an in-depth research consultation, please contact the campus librarian, Fay Kallista at 312-777-7651 or e-mail


Google Scholar

Do you use Google Scholar?google scholar

Now you can set Google Scholar to link to full text articles in the Library:

1) Sign into the Campus Common   

Campus Common    

2) Go to Google Scholar at to set preferences:

  • Select Settings 
  • Choose Library Links
  • Search for Argosy University
  • Select  Argosy University – Find it at Argosy
  • Save

3) Search Google Scholar.

Articles that are available full text in the Online Library have the "Find it at Argosy" link:

find it at argosy

4) Click the "Find it at Argosy" link to access the full text article.

If you encounter a login screen, enter the Google Scholar username and password (available in the library if you do not have it)

Keep in mind that there are some advantages and disadvantages to using Google Scholar.


  • It can help a beginning researcher identify journal titles and authors connected with subjects of interest.
  • It may be useful for finding "gray literature" like conference proceedings.
  • It includes many articles that wouldn't get included in other indexing services.
  • It can be useful for locating obscure references that are may be difficult to find in conventional databases.
  • It can be very helpful in locating more information on partial citations.


  • With a Google Scholar search you cannot:
    • search by peer review
    • sort/search by disciplinary field
    • browse by title
    • limit search results
  • There's no easy way to download or email search results into a bibliographic manager (like RefWorks).
  • Although the "Find it at Argosy" feature helps you link to full text articles in the library, it's an imperfect tool. Therefore, you may not necessarily see all the full-text resources available to you through the library.
  • The breadth of what Google Scholar is indexing is unclear and consequently it's difficult to judge the comprehensiveness or completeness of the results of a literature search.
  • It's not clear how frequently items in Google Scholar are updated.
  • Searching in Google Scholar is imprecise when compared with discipline-specific databases.


Databases in the Online Library

Databases in the Online Library

- Denotes recommended databases, which provide more comprehensive coverage,  and are considered a good place to start your research. For an alphabetical list of all databases, look under "Find Articles" in the Online Library.

Multisubject Databases

starAcademic Search Complete (EBSCO) Features over 9,100 full-text publications (over 86% peer-reviewed/scholarly) with coverage from 1887 to present. Subject areas include business and economics, health and medicine, news and world affairs, science, education, technology, humanities, social sciences, psychology, literature, law, and women's studies.

Credo Reference -  Contains dictionaries, bilinguals, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.

eLibrary Academic - Collection of periodical and digital media content, including 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, web links, and audio/video titles.

starOmniFile Full Text MEGA (EBSCO) – Includes over 3,100 full-text publications dating to 1994 and over 500 podcasts and videos on a range of art, humanities, and science subjects. Covers core subjects including applied sciences, art, education, humanities, law, social sciences, and technology.

starProQuest Central - Includes over 11,000 titles, 30,000 dissertations, 350 newspaper titles and broad global coverage. Includes collections in banking, pharmaceuticals, education, computing, religion, criminal justice, military and current affairs.

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO) – Presents topic overview (objective background/description), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument) for topics including abortion, censorship, global issues, human rights, medicine and ethics,and more. Offers 1,300 main essays, political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books.

ScienceDirect - Includes articles and books from Elsevier publications and articles from society publications for which Elsevier provides online access. Subject coverage is multidisciplinary and covers business, humanities, medicine, the sciences and social sciences.

SIRS Issues Researcher - Offers full-text article selections from more than 1,600 sources—exploring social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.


ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest) - The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world..

Business Source Complete (EBSCO) -Provides 1,000 books, 9,000 case studies, 1 million company profiles, 1,400 country economic reports, 20,000 industry reports, 8,100 executive and analyst interviews, 2,400 market research reports, 2,400 peer-reviewed journals, 1,600 trade and general business magazines, and 3,500 SWOT analyses.

Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO) Combining the resources of CommSearch (National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (Penn State), this database presents 500 full-text journals with coverage dating to 1915.

Hoover’s Academic - Search more than 65 million public and private companies worldwide or find out about over 85 million people--with information from the company's history to the CEO's salary. Also reference more than 700 industry records with industry description, SIC, NAICS, and links to related Web resources.

Hospitality and Tourism Complete (EBSCO) Provides access to over 830 full-text titles including periodicals, company and country reports, and books. Subject areas covered include: culinary arts, demographics and statistics, development and investment, food and beverage management, hospitality law, hotel management and administrative practices, leisure and business travel, market trends, technology, and more.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (ProQuest) - The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Periodicals (ProQuest)- Includes abstract and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full text. Provides research support for students interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)  Contains over 200 full-text magazines, journals, and books with information relating to criminal justice, criminology, corrections and prisons, criminal investigations, forensic sciences and investigation, substance abuse and addiction, and probation and parole.


Education Source (EBSCO) Covers all levels of education from early childhood to higher education and also includes educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education and testing. The database includes full text for more than 1,700 journals, 550 books and monographs, and education-related conference papers.

Education Journals (ProQuest) Provides access to over 790 top educational publications, including more than 615 of the titles in full text. Covers literature on primary, secondary, and higher education, special education, home schooling, adult education, and related topics.

ERIC (ProQuest)  the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. The database contains more than 1,282,000 records and links to more than 314,000 full-text documents.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Online version of the print resource. In addition to weekly issues and job listings, contains daily updates on a variety of topics of interest in higher education, which are not archived.

Humanities and Arts

Arts and Humanities (ProQuest) Full-Text - 500 titles featuring both scholarly peer-reviewed journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and cultural studies. Related fields also covered by these indexes include ethnic and area studies, politics, economics and women’s studies.

Art Source (EBSCO)  Considered an art super-database, combining content from EBSCO and its recently acquired Wilson. This resource provides 630 full-text journals, 220 full-text books, and over 63,000 images. This resource includes international coverage, art reproduction records, and museum podcasts on artists and works of art.

Associates Program Source Plus (EBSCO) – Designed for the research needs of two-year colleges and relevant associates programs with 2,000 full-text journals and 350 full-text books covering programs including culinary arts, fashion design, graphic arts, interior design, photography, and more.

Biography Reference Center (EBSCO) Contains top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines including Biography Today and Biography. Provides coverage of more than 600,000 individuals with over 2.2 million records. Narrative profiles average 3,000 words in length. Includes 35,000 images.

starHumanities Source (EBSCO) –  Considered a humanities super-database, combining content from EBSCO and its recently acquired Wilson. This resource provides 1,400 full-text journals. Subject coverage in this resource includes: archaeology, area studies, art, classical studies, communications, dance, film, folklore, gender studies, history, journalism, linguistics, literary and social criticism, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion and theology, and other

Literary Reference Center Plus (EBSCO) - Includes over 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, 89,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, 258,000 author biographies, 774,500 book reviews, 113,800 classic and contemporary poems, 27,500 classic and contemporary short stories, 8,800 author interviews, 2,700 literary reference books, 900 literary journals and magazines, 35 volumes of new contemporary literature titles from Salem Press, 40 full-text literary study guides and 72 literary videos pertaining to classic works and authors

Literature Online (ProQuest) – Fully esarchable library of more than 357,250 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose fiction from the seventh century to the present, 200 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.

SIRS Renaissance - Provides full-text articles from more than 1,200 domestic and international publications on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts.


CINAHL Plus with Full Text (EBSCO) –Provides a focus on nursing and allied health with access to 760 full-text journals and 275 full-text books dating to 1937. Also includes 130 evidence-based care sheets and 170 quick lessons providing disease and treatment overviews.

Health & Medical Complete with Medline Connections (ProQuest)- Provides in-depth coverage from over 1,530 publications with over 1,270 available in full text and of these, over 910 include MEDLINE® indexing. Journals cover all major clinical and healthcare disciplines, including medical sciences, immunology, pharmacy and pharmacology, nursing, physical fitness and hygiene, surgery, and others.

MEDLINE (ProQuest)- Contains over 6 million citations and abstracts, providing unparalleled access to worldwide biomedical literature. The database contains a broad range of medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services. Subject content includes anatomy; communication disorders; paramedical professions; pathology; physiology; psychiatry; toxicology; reproductive biology; epidemiology; nursing practice; ethical and legal issues; institutional operations; diagnosis and management; clinical research trials and experimental treatment protocols; legislation and regulation; allied health specialties; and continuing education.

SPORTDiscus - An EBSCOhost database, SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for more than 350 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus, as far back as 1985.

Psychology Databases

PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO - American Psychological Association’s (APA) resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and literature in behavioral science and mental health. Covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, business, education, law, linguistics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, physiology, psychiatry, and sociology. Included is PyscARTICLES, a definitive source of over 137,000 full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection - Collection covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Nearly 575 full text journals, including more than 500 peer-reviewed titles.

Psychology Journals (ProQuest) - Journals and magazines with complete full-text coverage from top psychology and related publications, this database meets the needs of both students and mental-health professionals.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print - An EBSCOhost database, Mental Measurements Yearbook indexes over 2000 standardized tests complete with references and test reviews. Also included in the database, Tests in Print (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s).

Science and Other

Food Science Source (EBSCO) Offers over 1,800 full-text journals, books, magazines, and trade publications in addition to over 1,000 key food industry and market reports. Coverage includes the sectors of agribusiness, food and beverage science, food packaging, food processing, food safety, food service, food shipping, food/culinary innovation, food related product development, and more.

GreenFILE (EBSCO) - An EBSCOhost database offering well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 295,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,600 records.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO) –Indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings on librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval,

Military Collection (ProQuest)- Includes over 545 titles, with more than 400 available in full text, on topics across all government and military branches, including international relations, political science, criminology, defense, aeronautics and space flight, communications, civil engineering, and more.

Statistical Abstracts (ProQuest) The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.


Chicago Campus -Only Databases

Chicago Only Databases:

PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing)

Spans a period of 120 years. Includes the full text of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud and the full text of eighteen premier journals in psychoanalysis (current three years are not available full-text)

Call the library at 312-777-7653 or 312-777-7651 for logins


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