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Searching for articles: Introduction

Introduction to journal articles

Where to begin when you want to search as efficiently as possible for articles in scientific journals? What are the best search engines to consult? And how to get hold of the article, whether in digital format or on paper? Read all about it in this LibGuide. 

UBUlink: availability of publications

In your search for scholarly literature you may sometimes find the UBU-link. This link provides information about the availability of the publication via the University Library, in digital as well as in paper format.

UBUlink, quickly to the publication

In the case of digital publications the UBU-link provides direct access. For print publications the UBU-link gives information about availability at Utrecht University Library. Sometimes the UBU-link is in the form of a yellow button, but it can also be a text link.

Known item search: searching for a specific article

Do you already have some data of the article, such as the exact title or words from the title, the author(s) or the title of the journal? The following rules apply to such a so-called known item search:

  • If you know the complete title of the article Google Scholar or WorldCat UU are the quickest options: if you are sure of the exact title place it between double quotation marks "...". If you get no results try Google. Not all scholarly articles are recognised as such and included in Google Scholar.
  • If you only know the name of the author, go to Scopus, Web of Science or WorldCat UU.

Electronic journals

Do you know the title and volume of the journal? In our list of electronic journals you will find the current and canceled subscriptions. You can also search by issn or browse through the alphabetical list.

e-journal list WCDS

Print journals in WorldCat

Does the UBU-link indicate that the journal is available on paper? Then check WorldCat, containing the Utrecht University Library collection.

NB You cannot search for articles in paper jourals, only on the journal title

At the top of the results list, click on Items to find out if the volume you need is available in the library.

The library does not have it. What to do now?

  1.  Check WorldCat to see if the article is available and can be requested from another Dutch library or foreign library.
  2. Ask the author to send you the article. On publishers' sites and in search engines such as Scopus you will often find the email addresses of authors.
  3.  Twitter to the rescue: tweet your request together with the URL and add the hashtag #icanhazpdf

Find out more

Search by subject

 Are you looking for an article by subject? We recommend the following general search engines:

These databases contain information about electronic and print journals.Also here the UBU-link gives information about the availability of the publication via the library.

There are also specialised search engines for a particular discipline, for instance:

Would you like to know what search engines are relevant for your discipline? Have a look at the search engines by discipline.