To Locate the Wall Street Journal search by Publication in Business Source Complete. The Wall Street Journal is available full text.
Find the Full Text of the Article
Within the Article Databases
Click on the yellow Check for Full Text button to determine if we have the article online in a different database or in paper/microfilm. If we do not have access to it, then you may request a copy via Interlibrary Loan.
Have a Citation
If you have a citation to a particular article, type in the name of the journal, magazine, or newspaper
Search to see if we have a particular journal online, in print or microfilm. Carefully note date ranges available. If online, offers links to the databases. If print or microfilm, note the call number and format for the year you need.
Electronic Journals A-Z -- This resource will tell you if a particular journal, magazine or newspaper is available full text in any of our databases. However, it does not know what we have in print or microfilm.
More Info on Finding Articles
Why look for articles?
Articles from published periodicals (magazines, journals and newspapers) are the best source for detailed information on a topic. Articles tend to be about narrower, more focused issues than books. Also, you are guaranteed that the information published in periodicals has gone through an editorial process, and someone is accountable for the information. There are several different types of articles.
- Not scholarly: news articles, editorials or commentaries; all articles in popular magazines, and trade magazines or trade journals.
- Scholarly: research-based articles and review articles, published in academic, peer-reviewed journals.
What do we mean by “not scholarly”?
Not scholarly means that the articles are not research-based and usually written by journalists, not academics. You aren’t likely to find references to other sources.
Types of non-scholarly articles and publications
- News articles -- more objective, factually based articles written by journalists and found in newspapers or magazines. You could think of them as the “first draft of history”.
- Editorials or commentaries -- opinion-based articles, rather than a balanced, more objective piece.
- Popular magazines -- magazines aimed at a broad audience. Think People or Vogue or Car & Driver.
- Trade magazines or trade journals -- magazines aimed at a particular audience, such as people employed in a particular profession. Think Advertising Age or Nonprofit World.
What do we mean by "scholarly"?
Scholarly means that the articles are written by experts in the field and will contain references or a bibliography of the sources consulted. There are two main types of scholarly articles.
- Research articles -- the author(s) have done original research and are writing up their findings
- Review articles -- the author(s) are critically reviewing other people's original research to synthesize what is known about the issue. These articles are extremely useful to understanding your topic!
The easiest way to distinguish one from another is to carefully read the abstract, or the summary of the article.
Searching Article Databases
Basic searching tips:
- Exact phrases "in quotes" -- “video games”
- Use and if you want all of the terms to be present -- “video games” and violence
- Use or for synonyms and place parentheses () around terms, if you want either term to be present -- (“video games” or “computer games”)
- Use an * on the root form of a word to find any version of the root word with different endings -- violen* to find violent or violence
Searching Academic Search Complete
Let’s use Academic Search Complete for the example. We own over 50 different databases that use this particular platform or search interface, so you'll be using it a lot here at EWU.
Type in: "video games" or "computer games"
(Note: As long as you type in the synonyms on the same line, you don't need the parentheses.)
We got 728 results -- that's way too many! The database wants to help us narrow down. Note the various limiters on the left side:
- by type of article: academic journals (scholarly) vs. magazines or newspapers
- by Subject (VIOLENCE in video games looks useful); etc.
If the articles seem too specific or too technical, try narrowing to magazine articles.
Now we have 327 results.
Ways of selecting results...
- Get more info: For more information about the article, such as a summary, click on the hyperlinked title, or hover over the magnifying glass icon next to the title.
- Re-sort the results: These results are by date. We could also try resorting results by relevance, or which ones have our keywords the most frequently.
- Note length of the article: How many pages is it? If it’s less than 1 page, it’s probably not worth your time. (Here, #3 is 3 pages, vs 1/8p and 1/3p.)
View the Full Text of the Article
Most of the time, the entire article is there – just click on the link PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text. (The PDF is preferable since it looks exactly like the original and it's easier to cite.)
Unfortunately, not every article is available in full text. It may be in full text in one database, but not another. Or it may be that it’s not online at all – some articles only exist in hardcopy.
Let’s say you were interested in this article.
Click on the yellow Check for Full Text icon. (You'll see this icon in virtually all of our article databases if the full text isn't available.) This will open a new window and do an automated search to see if the article is available full text in another database, or if we have a record for it in the EWU Library Catalog to see if we have it in paper or microfilm.
In this case, the system thinks it's available in ProQuest Research Library and Wilson Web. Just click on the database name, and usually it takes you directly to the article!
It also tells us we have a record for it in the EWU Library Catalog. Let's assume worst case scenario and the links to the databases don't work. Click on the link EWU Catalog Journal Search and that brings up a record that looks like this:
The first part are again links to the online databases, though this time if you click on it, it would just send you to a page devoted to the periodical within the database.
Our physical holdings are below. Read this part carefully...
- Note the CALL # for the magazine
- Note the format for the year you need - PAPER or MICROFILM. Paper is on the main level, microfilm on the lower level.
- Note the date range we have in the Lib. Has field.
- 29 = volume number
- (1947/48-) means that we have it from 1947/48 to the present. If we’re getting current issues, the catalog will tell you the latest issue we have checked in.
No luck finding the article?
You can always request a particular article that we don’t have online or physically. Just click the last link Request an Interlibrary Loan for an Article. Log in using your NetID/password. Copies are sent online, and usually take about a week. For more information, see Interlibrary Loan.
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