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What is Article Search?

Article Search will help you find journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews and other content across a wide range of subjects. It is a great starting point for finding good quality resources on your topic. You can also use it to quickly find a specific article. Article Search is a great alternative to Google Scholar. As well as Article Search the Library also offers access to a wide range of subject specific databases.

Note: this search does not find books.

Basic keyword searching

Simply enter the keyword(s) that describe your topic into the search box and hit search. You will be presented with a list of results which you can refine if necessary. On the left hand side of the screen you will see a list of possible ways to refine your search by content type, e.g. journal article, newspaper article, book review etc..

You can also refine by publication date or language. Your search terms can also include authors, individual titles, DOI, ISBN etc.. If you are looking for a specific article enter as much information as you know.

Boolean operators

Article Search offers the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator. This means that all results must have both of the terms include. To expand the results set, use the OR operator, e.g. microcircuits OR nanocircuits will return items that contain either term.

This can be combined with quoted terms such as “teacher education” OR “educator training”.

To exclude keywords in Article Search, use the NOT operator or “-” character before a term. When used in the following query animal NOT dog the results will not include the term “dog”.

Wild cards

You can use wildcards “?” and “*” within Article Search to find different forms of a word.

The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find “Olsen” or “Olson” by searching for Ols?n.

The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for “Ch*ter” would match “Charter”, “Character”, and “Chapter”. When used at the end of a word, such as “Temp*”, it will match all suffixes “Temptation”, “Temple” and “Temporary”.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.

Phrase searching

To search for a phrase use quotation marks "" e.g. "teacher education"

Create a list/save your search

To save details of any individual articles click on the file image on the right hand side. When you have your full list you can access it by selecting the large folder at the top of the page. From here you can send to reference software, e-mail or print.

Full text

For many articles full text will be immediately available. However, in some cases an intermediate step may be required.

For help with accessing full text see our help guide on Journal articles.

If you need any further help with using Article Search please contact Library Services staff on level 2 ( or the College Support Team.