It's easy to find a relevant article from a journal, magazine or newspaper using one of the library's many electronic databases. Below are some places to begin your search for an article. Remember to ask a Reference Librarian if you need assistance with any of the services below.
Databases by Academic Department - Select the academic department or discipline that is most appropriate to your information need.
Databases A-Z - Already know the database that you want to search? Use the alphabetical list and go directly to the database that you wish to search.
Library Guides - Created by librarians to address the needs of specific classes, disciplines or topics. Offers suggestions on the most relevant databases to use in getting started.
How do I get the full-text of articles?
Many of the articles that you retrieve will have a direct link to full-text files attached to the citation of the article. If the article citation you are interested in does not have a full-text link, click on a link called Check Availability to determine whether or not the journal that you need is available in print or electronic format, in another database or at the Stevenson or Clearfield Campus Library.
If the journal is not available, you can always click on the Interlibrary Loan Request link that will take you directly to ILLiad, our Document Delivery Service. If you request an article through the Check Availability link, the electronic request form will be automatically filled in with the correct information from the citation you are viewing. However, you will need to plan ahead as it may take as long as seven days (and sometimes longer) for your request to be completed.
Finding a Journal
LHU JournalFinder is a guide to all of the magazines and journals available at the library - in print, microfilm, or electronic format. It is the first place that you should look when you have identified a specific article and need to find out if we own or have access to the journal in which it appears. Use JournalFinder to locate a journal by its title. It is not the place to go when you are looking for an article on a specific subject. If you are searching for articles, try searching one of the many recommended electronic databases listed under the Find an Article or Journal section of the navigation menu at the top left of this page.
After clicking on LHU JournalFinder, type in the name of the journal that you are looking for. If it is available at the library, you will be guided to links that will tell you if it is a print or electronic journal and how to access it. Sometimes the title will be available to you in both print and electronic formats or available in multiple places so look carefully at the volume, issue, and year that you need when deciding which link to access.
If It's a Print Journal
You can tell if it is a print journal if the JournalFinder link looks like this:
This link will take you to the Library Catalog where you can see if the journal issue you need is available. The journal could be in one of four places -
- Current Periodicals on the Main Floor (in alphabetical order)
- Bound Periodicals on the Ground Floor (shelved by Call Number)
- Microfilm on the Main Floor (in alphabetical order)
- Clearfield Campus Library
Look carefully to see where your issue is located. If it is on microfilm you can make a print copy of the article using one of the two microfilm reader/printers located near the microfilm collection. You can also request that a copy of the article be scanned for you at no charge and sent to your LHU email address. This service is available through ILLiad.
If It's an Electronic Journal
You can tell if it is an electronic journal if the JournalFinder link leads you to one or more electronic resources like this:
Notice the different full-text availability dates. Just click through the links until you get to the journal issue and the article you need.
Is There a Journal That You Need But You Can't Find It in JournalFinder?
If the Library doesn't have the journal that you need you may request a free copy of any article from another library using ILLiad, our Document Delivery Service. In almost all cases the article will be emailed to you as a PDF file. You will need to register once to use this online service. Make sure you select a good password hint as nobody but you will ever know your password. Please fill out any request form as completely as possible. If you have questions regarding this service contact Ms. Susan Hanna at 570-484-2311