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If you would like to find an article from a journal, magazine, or newspaper, you will need to use the electronic databases. Remember, these are not general internet sources. These are actual journal, magazine, and newspaper articles that are available online via subscription databases.

The UTEP library has over 300 databases.
The most important thing for you to remember is how to choose the right database to use.

Choosing a database by subject:

(The following instructions are based on a search in Academic Search Complete from EBSCO)

  1. Click on "Databases & Articles" in the navigation bar at top of page.
  2. Find "Search databases by subject"
  3. To choose a database by subject, click on the pull down menu and choose the subject related to your topic and click on "Submit Subject Search."
  4. A page will display containing a list of databases for your subject.
  5. You can choose one of the "Librarian's Picks" or you can use any of the other databases on the page.
  6. Select a database you want to use and click on the "More Information" link. This explains the database content and years of coverage. If you would like to use this database, click on the database title link or if the More Information page is open, click on the database title.
  7. Search for articles related to your topic by entering keywords in the search field.
  8. If you get too many articles, narrow down your search by adding more keywords. (Example: Education AND Discipline AND Texas)
  9. If you do not get very many articles, try broadening your search by either taking away keywords or by using different keywords. (Example: Instead of Death Penalty, you can try Capital Punishment)
  10. When you find an article you want to see, click on the title of the article.
  11. If the article is full text, meaning that the article is available on the computer, you can click on the HMTL Full Text, Link to Full Text, or PDF full text links on the page. If you decide to keep this article, you can e-mail it to yourself, save it to a disk, or if the computer is attached to a printer, you can print it out. (The computers in the Reference area of the library do not have printers.)
  12. If the article is not full text, meaning that the article is not available on the computer, you can find out if we own the article on another electronic database by clicking on the "Check the UTEP library's e-journal portal for availability" link found at the bottom of the page.
  13. If the article is not available on another electronic database, you can check to see if we own the journal, magazine, or newspaper in print here in the library. Click on the "Check Nugget, the UTEP library catalog, for availability" link found at the bottom of the page.
Choosing a database by title:
  1. If you know the title of the database you want to use, you can choose the database by title.
  2. Click on "Databases & Articles" in the navigation bar at top of page.
  3. Under "Alphabetical list of database titles" click on the letter that is the first letter in the title of the database you want to use.
  4. The most commonly used database is Academic Search Complete. It is a good general database that can be searched easily and provides articles on a wide variety of topics.
  5. Click on letter A and find Academic Search Complete.
  6. To find out more information about this database, click on the database title link. If you would like to use this database, click on the "Connect" link or if the database resource page is open, click on the database title.
  7. Search the database as you did in steps 7-13 above.