Finding articles for research or class assignments doesn't have to be stressful. The process becomes much easier with a little bit of planning and knowing where to look. This page provides information and tips for locating education articles. However, much of this information can be used for other disciplines as well.
There are many places to search for education articles. Here we will list the best options for starting out your search for education articles. Click on the links below to access the database. You will need to log in with your UANet ID and password if you are off-campus. You can find a list of all education databases by clicking here.
Accessing an article from a citation is a very simple process. Let's quickly cover reading a citation just in case you are unsure or unfamiliar with citations. We will use an APA style citation since APA is what you will more than likely be using in your education courses. The following is a sample citation and a color-coded explanation for each element.
Wilson, G. L., Kim, S. A., & Michaels, C. A. (2013). Factors Associated With Where Secondary Students With Disabilities Are Educated and How They Are Doing. Journal of Special Education, 47(3), 148-161. doi:10.1177/0022466911411575
This article was published in 2013 in the Journal of Special Education volume 47 issue number 3 and the article is on pages 148-161.
Retrieving an article is very simple once you can read a citation.
Step 1: From any University Libraries webpage, including this one, you can click on "E-Journals" on the blue banner towards the top of the page. This will open up a search of the journal titles that we have electronic access to here at UA.
Step 2: Search for the name of the journal.
Step 3: Once you have found your journal, click on "Full Text Access". You should now see all of the resources that contain your journal electronically.
Step 4: Choose one of the full text access links which has coverage for the year your article was published. Note: One particular journal may be available through multiple sources and each of those sources has different rights to what part of the journal they can provide access to. The options to access the journal from our above example will look like this.
The following short video tutorials cover developing and using keywords. Both videos are very informative and provide great examples of locating articles on a given topic. They are strongly suggested and definitely worth a few minutes of your time!
You should NEVER pay for an article. Consider contacting the library if you are experiencing trouble accessing an article. Library staff can quickly determine if you are facing an IT-related problem or if you should request the article via Interlibrary Loan.