The UW-Madison Libraries subscribe to hundreds of databases. Although databases may present different interfaces, they often share common features and functionality.
Starting a Search
When searching an article database, you will get the best results by:
Combining concepts with “AND” in the search bar.
Using the database search limits. Most article databases have advanced search features that help specify your search results. You can often limit by:
Selecting an Article
Selecting an article title in a search results list will take you to the article record. The article record provides useful article information and tools such as:
Subject terms, which are useful for finding articles on similar topics.
Abstracts, which summarizes the article.
Citation tools, which produce formatted citations in multiple styles.
Export tools, which send article information to a citation manager.
Reading an Article
If you want to read an article, you will need to look for a link or button that says “Full Text,” “HTML Full Text,” “PDF Full Text” or something similar. These links will take you directly to the article.
If there is not a link to the full text, you will want to look for a red “Find It” button. Selecting this button searches all of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries databases for availability elsewhere.
If the full text is available online, you will see the option to get full text.
If it is not available online, click on the “Look for Print and Other Formats in the Library Catalog” under “Additional Options” to see if the Libraries have a print copy.
OR you can “Request a Copy” of the article through Interlibrary Loan.