COMM 220 - Public Speaking: Articles & Databases

Getting Articles

If you need to find articles on a particular topic and you don't know which articles exist, use an article search engine to identify the articles. (See the Search Strategy page for more on this skill.)  Multidisciplinary databases (e.g. Academic Search Premiere and the PSU Library front page search link to articles on a wide variety of topics.  However, these databases may not be as focused as one of the subject databases whose coverage is directed at a particular discipline (i.e. business, or political science or sociology, etc.)  Once you've identified articles you are interested in, click the  icon next to the article citation to navigate to the article full text.

If you already have a citation to a journal article, follow the steps in the Known Article boxes (below right) to navigate to the full text.

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Search Articles and Get Full Text from the Library Catalog

You can search the PSU Library Catalog for the full text of articles. Type or copy and paste the article title into the search box.

Look for the correct article from your search results. You will see you will see either a green "Online Access" link or a blue "Find & Request" link. 

  • The green "Online Access" link means that full text access to the article is immediately available.
  • The blue "Find & Request" link means that PSU does not have access to the article, but you can request it through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.

For articles with a green "Online Access" link, click the link, then follow the provider link to the full text. 

Sometimes there are multiple links; they all should take you to the article, but if one doesn't work, try another.

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The Peer Review Process Video

Link to video about peer review process

3 minute video on the peer review process, created by the North Carolina State University Libraries: