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How can I find articles on my topic in the library?

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There are many ways to find an academic article on your topic. Below are a few suggestions to get you started.

Use the One-Search Box

 One-search library catalog box

The fastest way to get started on your search for articles is to use the WKU Libraries One-Search Library Catalog Box. It is easy to find on the WKU Libraries website, Enter search terms for your topic (such as "banking reform," or "intelligence testing") in the big search box below the picture. Click on SEARCH and the results will come up -- articles, books and other materials related to your subject. Follow the links to find full text articles when available, or to find the location of books and other physical materials in the Library. Contact the Reference Desk in the Commons at Cravens Library if you need help.


Research Guides

Library research guides landing page

One-Search is fast and easy, but it's only the start. If you need more articles, you will need to use one or more of our searchable research databases.

Need help deciding which database to use for your topic? Go to the WKU Research Guides (the link is in the Research Help section on the Library Website). These Research Guides--shown in alphabetical order by topic--were created by WKU Librarians to help you with your research. They will offer links to the best databases for your subject, as well as suggestions for books, resources on the open Web, and more. You can also get help using the databases from the Subject Specialist Librarians (contact information in the Research Guides). 

Research Databases
If you know which database you want to use, you can go to it directly using the alphabetical listing of our Research Databases (link is also located on the left side of the WKU Libraries Website).

Need more help?  Stop by the Library Reference Desk or call us at 270-745-6125. We're happy to help! 

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