There are many ways to find articles in the ISU Library, all beginning at the Library homepage. Here are five different approaches to consider--choose the one that best meets your need!

Quick Search

In the Quick Search box on the Library homepage, use the first drop-down menu to select "Articles." If you wish, you can use the remaining drop-down menus to provide additional information about your keyword(s). The system will retrieve articles from the Quick Search Articles database, a single collection of over 400 million articles from major journal publishers and open access repositories. Many of the articles you retrieve will be available in full-text.

Not all article databases are available via Quick Search. For more database options, or to search a specific article database through its own unique interface, try...

Article Indexes & Databases

On the Article Indexes and Databases page, you can use the subject/research area and sub-category dropdowns to see a list of subject-related databases, browse alphabetically by database title or use the Title search to locate a specific database.

To search the database, click on the database name. To view information about a database, click on the information icon that follows some (but not all) database names.

Journals (A-Z)

If you're looking for a specific electronic journal, you can use the Journals (A-Z) link on the Library homepage. Currently, this tool provides access to e-journals only. Journals that are available only in printed format cannot be accessed in this way. Instead, you must use Quick Search.

Specific article by citation

If you're looking for a specific known article, you can enter the article title and identifying information for the journal in Citation Linker.


Librarians at ISU have prepared numerous guides to support research--both basic and advanced--in a variety of subject areas. Some guides are tailored to specific ISU courses. Often these guides provide helpful information on locating articles in relevant journals, magazines, and newspapers.

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