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Virtual Library Research Guide: Finding Articles

This guide provides help on accessing Snow College library resources

Finding Articles

 How Do I Find Articles on the Library Website?

 Step 1: Know Your Information Need

You are now ready for Step 2: Begin Your Search

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decorative image database icon Step 2: Begin Your Search

Start searching for information using the library databases.

You are now ready for Step 3: Create A Search Strategy

 Step 3: Create A Search Strategy

For this step to be successful, you need to

  • know your information need (Step 1)
  • understand how to begin your search (Step 2)
  • have a general topic related to your assignment

To begin creating your search strategy . . .

IMPORTANT! This step takes time and is cyclical (which means you will repeat this step several times during your research process). As you discover new information, your search strategy is likely to change, which is okay. It is part of the research process.

More About Databases

About the Snow College Database Search
​​​​The Snow College Database Search on the main library website finds articles, electronic and print books, and even streaming video from over 50 of our databases all at once. (how to Find Scholarly Sources video tutorial)
Need a Specific Database for Your Topic?
If you don't find what you need using the Snow College Database Search, try using our A-Z list of Databases. The A-Z list provides access to specific library databases. Read the description of the database to learn what is in each database. If your assignment requires you to use a certain database, like Academic Search Ultimate, you will find the link to that database on our A-Z database list.
Use the Subject Guides
We have created subject guides that suggest which databases are best for different subjects. You can find the links to these subject library guides on this page.

More about Search Strategies

Use Multiple Keywords
Try this Mind Mapping tutorial to help you focus your topic and select keywords.
Use Effective Search Strategies
Try this tutorial to help you develop effective searches: How Do I Create a Search Strategy?
Rethink and revise your search based on your results
Try this tutorial if your initial searches are not yielding the results you'd like: Should I Rethink My Search?

Inter-library Loan

Use our free Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for articles and books not available at the library.

Videos in this guide are licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 License and were created by the University of Arizona Libraries and Snow College.