Looking for articles on a topic?
Use one or more of our databases to search for your topic and identify relevant articles, especially articles from academic or peer-reviewed journals. Some databases also help identify relevant books, book chapters, conference proceedings, government publications, etc.
Don't use the library catalog as it can't search the contents of magazines, journals or newspapers.
Our databases are organized by subject and type and for many subject areas, librarians have recommended selected databases to start with. Searching subject-specific databases is strongly recommended for most subject areas, such as health sciences, engineering, psychology, biological sciences, etc.
A general database that covers a broad range of topics and is useful for finding popular magazine articles as well as some academic articles is Academic Search Premier. This can be a good introductory database to search but often you will also need to search subject-specific databases that provide better coverage of the literature in those fields.
Searching within a database
Using keywords for your topic is one way to search.
Many databases also have a thesaurus or subject heading list that helps identify terms that are used in that databases and these can often provide alternative or related terms to search.
Some databases also have limiters that are particular to that subject area, for example, grade level in an education database or time period in a history database.
Don’t hesitate to Ask a Librarian for help with searching databases more effectively or identifying the best databases to use.
Looking for a specific journal or an article you have the citation for?
Search the UNH library catalog by the title of the journal, not by the title of the article. The catalog record(s) will indicate the format and years that are available to you:
- Online – Click on the link for the online source that includes the date you are looking for
- In print in Dimond or a branch library – The catalog record will indicate the library location that you can go to and availability. See Document Delivery for information about scanning and delivery of articles from our print journal collection
- In print in Storage - For a journal with the location “Storage Per REQUEST Item,” click on the ”Request” icon at the top or bottom of the catalog record to request that the specific volume you need be sent to Dimond Library for pick up at the Circulation Desk. Alternately, use Document Delivery for a scanned copy of an article from a journal in Library Storage.
Getting articles from other libraries
You may request an article from another library through interlibrary loan if
- you don't find a catalog record for the magazine or journal you are looking for
- we don't have the year/volume or issue you need
- there's a problem with the available electronic version and you need a better copy (request a scan from the print version or the actual physical volume of a journal)
Generally, we aren’t able to
- borrow entire journal issues or volumes from other libraries, but check with a librarian for possible options
- request materials for course reserve, class, or other group use. If you need an article for this purpose, contact the Library Circulation Desk.
Scholarly vs. popular
Not sure if an article is from a peer-reviewed journal or what the difference is between scholarly and popular magazine articles? Here are some tips and guidelines.
Where are the print journals, magazines, and newspapers?
Peer-reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, and similar items can collectively be called periodicals because each is published at a regular interval and organized under the same title.
In Dimond Library,
- Current Periodicals, including popular magazines, normally 1-2 years old, are shelved in alphabetical order in the Current Periodicals Room on Level 2
- Bound Periodicals, normally older than 2 years, are shelved in call number order in the Level 2 stacks
In the science and engineering libraries, current and bound periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title in separate areas.
See the borrowing policies for information on checking out bound and current periodicals.