Search for articles on the home page
Use the Articles Search on the home page to search items from the Library Catalog, I-Share Catalog and many databases all at once. Filter by “Full text online” to see only articles available online.
Search for articles in a database
Searching in a Library database, such as Academic Search Complete or PubMed, allows you to find information that’s not on the web. The information in a database is usually narrowed down and organized by subject area.
- Locate the Research Guide for your field or major – this guide will contain a list of databases recommended for research in your discipline.
- Browse the full list of databases by title or search databases by keywords, e.g. sociology
- Ask the liaison librarian for your major to suggest databases for your project. Find a subject librarian.
Tips for using databases
- If a database does not have a PDF or HTML full-text option, click on the Find It @ UIC button to search the library’s holdings for full-text access through another resource if available.
- When UIC does not have an article available online, you can request an electronic copy through Interlibrary Loan.
- Log into Google Scholar through the library website for more access to articles by using the Find It @ UIC library link.
Find articles in a journal or e-journal
You can also browse articles in issues of specific journals or e-journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association or National Geographic.
- You will see “from” [dates available] “in” [name of a database] – click the database for access.
- If you see “in UIC Print Journals,” you can find the journal on the shelf or request a scanned PDF of the article through Interlibrary Loan.
Request articles from other libraries
You can request full-text articles from other libraries through interlibrary loan, also called ILLiad. Articles will be delivered through email as scanned images or PDFs.