More about Finding Articles

Getting Started

The J.W. England Library provides access to numerous databases, most containing full text journal articles or citations to specific papers.  Search Primo or another database by subject or keyword to locate relevant publications.

When you have identified an article of interest, you will need to determine its availability at USciences.  In many cases, you will find a link to the full text of the article from the database in which you are searching. Just look for a link or button that says "Find Full Text USciences" and click it to check availability in the library collection.

In the event you do not see a "Find Full Text USciences" link, you can manually check for access using Primo. Here is a citation for an article published in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Buvanendran A,. Effects of perioperative administration of a selective cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitor on pain management and recovery of function after knee replacement: a randomized controlled trial.
JAMA. 2003 Nov 12;290(18):2411-8.  

To check its availability, go to Primo and run a search on the article title. Make sure you sign-in to Primo using your USciences network credentials to see the most complete set of results. If the article citation does not appear, you can also manually check for access using Primo's Journal Search feature. On the Journal Search page, search for the journal in which the article was published. If the journal's name appears, click on it to see the access details, including years available and format (print v. electronic). If the library has electronic access to the journal for the correct years, you can access the journal's website from Primo and then drill down to the correct issue/article. If the library only has print or microform holdings for the year(s) in question, you would visit the library to read the article.

In the case of the example above, a search in Primo indicates we have electronic access to JAMA from 1998 to the present. Therefore, since the article was published in 2003, there will be immediate electronic access to the article.

Most electronic journals can be accessed both on-campus and remotely by USciences faculty, students, and staff.  For assistance with off-campus access, please send us a message using Ask A Librarian.

Why you should use the library's research databases in addition to Google

Librarians have carefully selected specific databases to support USciences disciplines and programs.  Specially designed databases can enable you to be a more efficient searcher.

While Google Scholar can provide a quick overview of the literature, it does not include coverage of every published journal or book indexed in our databases, nor does it provide the search tools that enable you to fine-tune your research, such as the ability to limit to peer-reviewed or scholarly publications, clinical trials, statistical data, etc. If a researcher requires such limits, only library databases will provide the option to tailor literature searches to such a granular level. 

Primary v. Secondary Sources 

Primary Sources
“Primary Literature” refers to the first place a scientist will reveal to the world in print form the results of scientific investigations, written by the person(s) who did the research.  Primary publications include:

  • scientific journal articles
  • published conference proceedings
  • technical reports,
  • dissertations or theses, and
  • patents.

Secondary Sources
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. Secondary sources are one step removed from primary sources and include:

  • Review articles, summaries or meta-analyses
  • Textbooks and monographs
  • Commentary and criticism



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