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Library Guide for General Studies Courses: Finding Articles

Bibliographic Databases

A traditional bibliographic database will provide you with the bibliographic citations for articles. The bibliographic citation includes the author, title of the article, title of the journal, volume, issue number, date, and pagination. Sometimes an abstract or summary of the article also appears.

A bibliographic database with full-text content provides you with bibliographic citations and full-text access to articles covered under that database's subscription.

360 Link

Our databases are set to use 360 Link, a link resolver that provides additional resource discovery. If you find a bibliographic citation that does not include full-text access use 360 to check our other resources. If full-text access is available through another resource you will be directed to it. If it is not available through another resource you will have the option to request the article through interlibrary loan.

Print Journals

Search for journal titles in the Library's Catalog. Print journals are located on the first floor of the library.

Electronic Journals
Advantages to Using Library Databases
  • Academic databases include peer-reviewed, scholarly information that is often not available through the free web.
  • Articles in databases have subject terms. This allows you to use keywords in your searches which enables you to find more relevant material.
  • Many databases are subject specific, which means that you'll save time by searching through articles that are more relevant to your major.
  • Chances are your future employer will want you to use scholarly databases such as IEEE Xplore, ScienceDirect and CINAHL. Becoming familiar with databases now will help you build skills in database searching.

General Library Databases

Science and Technology Databases

Use of MSOE’s electronic resources is subject to U.S. Copyright Law. Excessive downloading, printing, and/or electronic dissemination of resource content is prohibited. Restrictions on other uses may apply. Electronic information subsidized by MSOE’s library is for use in MSOE classes and research. Databases are restricted to academic use only. Fair use guidelines are specifically applicable to use of information in a college setting.