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Tips For Finding Journal Articles

Identifying relevant articles

Bibliographic databases are the best resources for finding journal articles by subject or author. Ovid databases including Medline, PubMed, and Databases A-Z provide citations to journal articles on a wide variety of subjects. The Brief Guide to Ovid Searching is available online and at the Norris Library Reference Desk.

Finding the complete text of an article

After you identify citations, you will need to find the full text of relevant articles. Many full text articles are accessible electronically while others are available only in print.

Use the following to look for full-text articles online:

  • The Find @ USC feature in Ovid and PubMed with USC Links provides links to full text options when they are available.
  • eJournals A to Z is a complete list of electronic journals licensed by the USC Health Sciences Libraries.
  • USC Content Connection contains full-text journals from USC University Park Libraries databases and journal collections.

Use the following to locate print journals:

  • Ovid search results indicate if a journal is owned by the Norris Medical Library, Wilson Dental Library, LAC+USC Medical Center Library, CHLA Los Angeles, and the Doheny Eye Hospital Library.
  • When you need a journal not available at the Norris Library, LAC+USC Medical Center Library, or Doheny Eye Hospital Library, use DocRetriever, the Norris Library electronic document delivery service, to request articles from other libraries.

Locating a journal in the library

The library’s journal collection, located on the lower level, is arranged alphabetically by title. If the title you want is in the collection but the volume you need is not on the shelf, contact the library (323) 442-1116.

Revised 2/4/09

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