Discovery Search: Articles
Refining Your Results
In your search results, use the menu on the left side to find exactly what you’re looking for. Articles will either show up as PDF or HTML files, or you will see a link to View Full Text and be directed to the database which houses that article.
Articles that are housed in EBSCO databases may show up in a PDF viewer. To print from this viewer, make sure to click on the print icon inside the PDF document itself rather than the print icon in the Tools menu. If you can’t find what you need, or the full article doesn’t seem available, contact a librarian for help.
Searching by Article Title
As you look through books, articles, or websites, you may come across citations for articles you want to track down and read. An article citation could look like this:For short titles or titles with common words, you can put the title in quotations or add the last name of the author as a search term to improve your results.
Kauffman, Kelsey. “Mothers in Prison.” Corrections Today 63.1 (2001): 62.The easiest way to check our collection for an article (or book) is to enter the title in library’s Discovery Search box on the homepage. In the example above, the title of the article is “Mothers in Prison.”
Search Hartness for Articles
Search by Publication NameYou can also use the library’s Journals & Newspapers by Title directory to search and browse through all of the newspapers, magazines, and journals the library subscribes to. The index will direct you to the database which houses the periodical so you can look it up and read it instantly. In this example, you’d enter the name of the magazine or journal which is Corrections Today, in the Journals & Newspapers by Title search box. The results will tell you if the title is available in print or in a library database. If it’s available online, simply select the database with the appropriate year for the article you’re looking for. Each database will have a slightly different way for you to navigate to the article you need. Refer back to your citation to locate the volume and issue number. You may also be able to use the title of the article to search within the entire publication. Look for a link or a search box or a link that says “Search within this publication” to use that option.
Can’t Find It?If the article isn’t available in library databases, you can try searching on the open Web. Google Scholar can be a helpful search tool to see if publications are posted freely online. If you still cannot locate a specific article that you need, you can request it through interlibrary loan for free.
Searching by Publication Name
To see if the library has access to a specific newspaper, magazine, or journal, select Find > Journals & Newspapers by Title from the library homepage. Look for options to find a specific date, volume, and issue or an option to search within that specific publication.
Searching in a Specific Database
For more targeted search options or to find articles for a specific subject area, you can select a specific database using any of these lists:
Searching Beyond Hartness Databases
You can expand the Hartness search to look for articles beyond those we have access to through the library databases. To do so, remove the “Available in Library Collection” limiter under “Refine Results” in the left column of the search results:
For articles that we don’t have direct access to, you will see an abstract summarizing the article and a “Place a Request” link that will lead you to a form to request the article through interlibrary loan.
There are also many full-text articles and article citations available freely online. Here are some search tools you can explore:
- Google Scholar
- PubMed (MEDLINE) – select VTC/CCV Hartness library system under filter results
- Directory of Open Acess Journals