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First Year Students: Finding Articles

An introduction to the library's resources for first year students.

Finding Articles

Articles can be found online by searching in one of the library's subscription databases.  

The Databases link is located on the library's left hand side

You can also search "We Search," the search box located on the library's homepage, to find articles.  This discovery tool searches nearly half of the library's subscription databases as well as the library's catalog to bring you a combination of articles, books and other material available through the SVSU library.

Use the Search Box in the middle of the library's homepage to search multiple databases at once

Type your keywords into the database's search box to find articles on your topic.  Many of the articles contained within the database will be available full-text.  This means you can view the entire article, save it, email it, or print the article immediately.

Database Search Tips


  Break your research question down to its main concepts and use those terms as keywords.  


  Try different combinations of words.  Not everyone uses the same exact wording to descibe an idea or concept.


  Click on the PDF full text or HTML full text links to access the entire article.


  Contact a Research Librarian if you are struggling to find articles on your topic.