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How to find an article from a database

The best place to start is the list of Databases on your Subject Guide

Each Subject Guide lists the best databases to search for that particular subject...

  1. Go to our list of Subject and Study Guides.
  2. Click on the guide for your subject.
  3. In the Subject Guide, select the Databases tab to get a list of databases recommended by your Subject Librarian.
  4. Select the database you wish to search. Click on the database link, and within this specific database, type in keywords to search for more articles.

For more information, watch the video below about how to search databases.

How to find articles with Articles-Express

  1. Fully understand your topic, and decide what are the main keywords you need to use when searching for articles.
  2. Go to LibrarySearch and select the Articles-Express tab.
  3. Use your keywords to the search box and click the Search button.
  4. You will see a list of articles that contain your keywords. Under the title of the article, click the View Online tab. ; This will show any databases that Unitec subscribes to which hold this article, and the date range of the articles that are available in each database.
  5. Click a database link of your choice to access the full text of the article. You might be required to login to access the article if you are off campus; use your personal Unitec logon and password.

How to find an article from a reference

Follow below instructions to find an article from a reference.

  1. Try and identify what the reference is. ; A book?  an article? a journal? something else? If there are any words italicised in the reference, check them as they may give you a clue.
    For example:

    Ruey, S. (2010). A case study of constructivist instructional strategies for adult online learning. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 41(5), 706-720. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00965.x

    The words in italics tell me that this is a journal article. I can also tell it is a journal because there is another title before the journal title and there is a doi at the end of the reference.

  2. Search the article via Articles-Express
    Check the Articles-Express tab, put the title of the article in the Search Box and click the Search button
  3. Click the title then Go to "View Online" tab under the article title.
    This will show any databases that Unitec subscribes to which hold this article
  4. Click the database name to access the article in the database.

If you can't find the article via Articles-Express, try catalogue and eJournals.

  1. Get the journal name in the reference.
    For example:

    Ruey, S. (2010). A case study of constructivist instructional strategies for adult online learning. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 41(5), 706-720. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00965.x

    The journal name is British Journal of Educational Technology.Find the journal in Catalogue or eJournals.
    Click "EJOURNALS" at the top of the menu then put the journal title in the search box and click the search button.Click title and then go to "View Online" tab and then click any database link to access the journal in the relevant In the In the right column of the database page, click the correct year, issue and no. You should be able to see your article now.

Still have problem to find the article? Don't worry. You can always contact a librarian.