Article Index

Article Databases

After reading about periodicals, like magazines, journals, and newspapers you may be wondering how you find out which periodicals have articles on your topic. This is where Article Databases come in.

Article databases (also called periodical indexes) include the citations of articles in magazines, journals and newspapers. This way you can search for your topic and find articles that deal with it.

Some article databases contain abstracts or brief summaries of the articles. A few contain the full text or entire content of whole articles as they originally appeared in the periodical.

Online article databases, purchased by the University Libraries are accessible from the library Web site. The library also owns print indexes, good for researching older materials. For example, the New York Times print index goes back to 1851!

Use an Article Database

  • when you want to find articles on your topic in magazines, journals or newspapers

Examples of Article Databases

  • InfoTrac OneFile (a general article database)
  • Biography & Genealogy Master Index (a database to articles about people)
  • ABI/Inform (a business article database)