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Waidner-Spahr Library

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Sustainability: Articles

Finding Articles

The library has different research tools to help you find journal articles:  

  • Databases - Library databases will help you find articles on a particular subject or topic.  Select a database that contains the type of articles you are looking for (e.g. environmental studies, news, biology, biography), and begin with a keyword search to narrow in on your specific topic.
  • Journals List - Use the journals list if you are looking for a specific article (for which you have basic citation information like the article title, journal title, author, etc.), or if you wish to search/browse the contents of a specific journal.

Find more information about articles, databases, and the Journals List below. Click here for our tutorial on choosing search terms.

Getting the Articles

If you find an article in a database:

Look for a link to the pdf or HTML version of the article. If there isn't one, click on the "Get It!" button to see if we have access. 

Get It!

Tutorial: How to Use the Get It! Button

Finding a specific article:

If there is no direct link or "Get It!" button, search the Journals List for the title of the journal in which it was published. If you find the journal title, see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link. 
 
Requesting articles we don't own:

If we don't have access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

The first time you use ILLIAD, you will need to set up an account. 

Once you have an account, just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log in. The request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for the article. Just hit "submit" and wait for your article to arrive. Articles often arrive in the same day, but sometimes take a few days.  Be sure to plan ahead!

Evaluating Sources

It is important to evaluate the credibility of a source before you use it for your research. This evaluating sources guide will help you ask the right questions in order to determine if a source is the best one to use. 

The quick reference guide and video below will help you to identify scholarly sources, specifically.

Sustainability Databases

These databases are particularly relevant for sustainability. Click here for tips on choosing a database.

Locating Articles

Basic process for finding articles

If you find an article that looks interesting check to see if there is a link to the pdf or HTML version of the article by the citation. If not, then click the "Get It!" button to see if we have access to it either electronically or in print.

Get It!

 
If you cannot see either a direct link to the article or the "Get It!" button then search the Journals List for the title of the journal in which it was published. If you find the journal title here check to see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link. Click here to access our tutorial on how to use the "Get It!" button.

 

Requesting articles we do not own

If we have neither print nor electronic access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

You will have to set up account the first time you order an article but once you have done this once you can use this same account each time you want an article.

Once you have an account set up then you can just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log into your account and the request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for your desired article so you only need to submit the request.

(If you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).

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