Finding Articles, Databases and Images


To find articles on specific topics, start with an article database that covers many subject areas. Searches in databases like Academic Search Premier, Nexis Uni, ProQuest Research Library, or Web of Science provide citations and/or full-text articles. When you find an article that is particularly relevant to your topic, note the references in the bibliography and see if Cornell has any of the journals listed. If the article you need is from a journal to which Cornell does not currently subscribe, you may request a scan of the article via this form. Including the article’s DOI (Digital Object Identifier found in databases and references) on the form will auto-populate the request form and provide a link to an open-access version of the article, if available.

To find specific articles, you need the citation (author, title, journal, volume, issue, date). Search the Library Catalog by the journal title. If full-text is available electronically, click on the link to the database providing access to the journal. Each database's search function works differently. Generally, once you are in the database, search by article title or author to locate the article.

See the Search Tips page for Articles for additional information about locating articles using library resources.


To find subject-specific databases, start with the Library Web site in that subject specialty. For example, if your topic has to do with agriculture, look at Mann Library's Web site. If you topic has to do with engineering, take a look at the Engineering Library's Web site. You can also browse for selected databases by subject.

Because not all databases are listed on the Library Web sites, contact a librarian if you do not see a database that addresses your research needs.


If you are looking for images, particularly for art and architecture classes, see our guide to visual resources at Cornell.