Read this first. Use indexes, abstracts, and 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 (see box to the right).
have a citation to an article and need to determine if the library has
the journal that contains it, search for the journal name.