Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: May 03, 2017     Views: 54

This link takes you to the Tutorials library guide: http://libguides.uwyo.edu/tutorials.  The topmost tutorial is titled "Finding Scholarly Articles." Other tutorials on that page describe how to find books to use for research.

You may also begin your search on the main library webpage in the "Articles search" box. This is the box on the right-hand side with the orange border. Type in keywords and click the orange button located at the end of the search box (or press "Enter" on your keyboard). A new page will display of the search results.

The search will display links to results for articles available as full-text online or as citation-only information on articles. You will have immediate access to full-text online. For those links that have a "Citation Online" link you will have to use the Request It service to get the articles. However, be aware that sometimes articles are listed as citation only in one database, but another database has full-text online. This is because there are many vendors of the databases that UW uses and each one has different copyright access to the articles.

You can narrow your selections by clicking on the "Full Text Online" and/or "Scholarly Peer Review" in the menu on the left side of the webpage. You may also need to click on options listed in the "Content Type" section immediately below the "Full Text/Scholarly" section. If "Journals" is not selected, click that. You may also wish to deselect "Magazines" and "Newspapers."

Click on the "Journal Article: Full-text online" link underneath each entry to open the article. Sometimes a new page will open that lists two or more options to access the article. Review what is offered and click on the appropriate green icon for "Read Article" or "Journal."

You can add any of the articles on this page of search results to a temporary folder. Click on the folder-shaped icon on the right-side of an article. When you have finished adding articles to the folder, scroll to the top of the page. Look for the folder icon with an orange circle with a number. The number is the amount of articles you added to the folder. Click on the folder icon. On the next page you can email yourself the list of articles, or save the articles to one of the citation management applications available. Click this link to view a library guide about citation management: http://libguides.uwyo.edu/citationmanagement

In addition to the listing of articles, you will receive recommendations of subject-specific databases that will be useful in your research. These databases will be listed at the top of the webpage.

If you receive only citation information in the search results, you will need to use Request It to obtain a copy of the article. Usually when you click on the "Journal Article: Citation Only" link, a new webpage will open with the gold Request It icon located on the page. Click on the Request It button. The log-on page for this service will open up. Log-on using your WyoWeb credentials (Note: the first time you log-on you will have to provide information to set up the account). The information from the citation will automatically be inserted into the request form.

Request It delivers articles as PDF files typically in 3-4 days.  There is no charge for Request It. You can view a brief tutorial on how to use "Request It" on this page: http://libguides.uwyo.edu/tutorials.

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