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Find Journal Articles: Finding Journal Articles

Use this guide to find scholarly, full-text journal articles from Hunter Library's collection of databases, both subject-specific and interdisciplinary.

Hunter Library's OneSearch

OneSearch is Hunter Library’s new discovery tool, which allows you to find Books, E-books, full-text articles from scholarly journals and magazines, media, and other library collections. 

Searching through OneSearch is fast and easy - almost like Google.  Your search results  can be quickly narrowed using several different limiters.  You can refine your search by Full-text and Scholarly/Peer-reviewed; by content type - Journal articles, Books, Newspaper articles, Magazines, e-Books, etc.; by publication date, and much much more. 


Looking for a Journal Article

Already know which article you need? The following information known as an article citation, will help you find full text of the article.:

  • Article Title
  • Journal Title (a.k.a. "Source")
  • Author(s)
  • Volume
  • Date
  • Pages

An example of a complete citation:

Brems, C. (2005).  A Yoga Stress Reduction Intervention for University Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students.  International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 25 (1), 67-77. 

Search the Library Catalog by journal title (not article title) to check if Hunter Library subscribes to the journal you are looking for.  The catalog record will tell you if the journal is available online, in print, etc.  If WCU does not have the journal you need, change the search to include the University of North Carolina-Asheville (UNCA) and Appalachian State University (ASU).  Remember, we can borrow print item from those universities but online subscriptions are unique to each institution. 

Click on the link below to do a journal title search.  Enter the title of the journal.  The default search is set to Western Carolina University's Hunter Library.  If you do not find your journal in Hunter Library, change the search to WNCLN (ASU, UNCA & WCU).

Searching for Journal Articles from Off-Campus

Can I search for articles from off-campus or home? 

Yes!  The Library's online resources are restricted so that only current WCU faculty, staff and students can view them from off-campus.  In order to access these resources from an off-campus computer you will be required to log in with your WCU email ID and password, or, with your name and Banner ID# (920#).

What if a Journal Article I Need is not Here?

If you do not see your journal title at WCU, ASU or UNCA libraries, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Search Tips

Here are some simple search tips for finding relevant articles and books:

Use AND/OR/NOT to combine/exclude words or phrases (this is called Boolean Searching):

Example Search Phrases: 

Basketball AND football = articles that have both basketball and football as topics together.

Basketball OR football = articles that have either basketball or football (or both) as topics. 

Basketball NOT football = articles that are about basketball and that exclude football (be careful, this can exclude a lot of useful resources since it will exclude articles that have both basketball and football together).

Phrase searching:
Put quotation marks around words you want to search as a phrase. Not generally used for single words.

Example Search Phrases:
"North Carolina"

 "Western Carolina University"

"confirmation bias"

Searching on the root word (also called Truncation):
Words may be shortened (truncated) using an asterisk. Most searches do this automatically, though Hunter Library's catalog search doesn't.

comput*   will find:
computing, computers, computerization, etc.

Searching in Google? Try their advanced search for similar options (and a few more!).

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