Why Specific Journals?
Your professor might suggest that you use or become familiar with certain journals in your field. This is only useful if you already know the name of the journal you want to find.
Use the Journals A-to-Z Search
In the search box, type in the name of the journal you want to find (e.g., Journal of Architectural Engineering) or your field (e.g., just engineering).
Search for journal titles:
Choose Your Database
If we have access to the journal in electronic format, it will be listed in the results. There may be more than one result if there are multiple journals with the same or similar titles.
Click on the link to the name of the database where you want to read the journal. The Journal of Architectural Engineering, for example, is available in two databases: Academic Search Complete and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete. Pay special attention to the dates and embargoes. The date tells you which volumes, issues, and years are available. There may be a 1-year embargo, which means that the most recent year is not available online.
Find the Correct Issue
Once you've clicked on a database, you'll be taken to that journal in the database. Find the correct year, volume, or issue.
Search the Journal
If you don't know which volume and issue you want, it may be easier to search the journal for your topic:
This will take you to the database so that you can find articles either from just this journal, or from all journals that are included in the database.