Read this first. Use the suggested article databases to search for journal articles by subject. Often the full text of the
article will be immediately accessible in the database you search.
Sometimes, however, the database only provides a citation (article
title, journal name, year, etc.) for the article. If you have only a
citation, determine if the library has the journal that contains the
article you want by following the steps to find journals (in the box to
See Additional resources for LIS to search for articles in cognate disciplines.
- E-LIS (E-prints in Library and Information Science)
eLIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related areas. E LIS aims to further the Open Access philosophy by making available papers in Library and Information Science (LIS) and related fields. It is a free-access international archive, in line with the Free Online Scholarship (FOS) movement and the Eprints movement, based on the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) standards and protocols.
- Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
Library, Information Science and Technology Abstract (LISTA) indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
- Web of Science
A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the sciences (Science Citation Index Expanded) as well as both the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Approximately 70% of the records have author abstracts. Online coverage from 1980 to present.
Watch a video on Cited Reference Searching
in Web of Science. (6:17)
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