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Guide to the Research Process: 2b. Find Articles

This guide provides an introduction to the skills needed to conduct research, with particular reference to the field of education.


The OPAC will tell you whether the St. Augustine Libraries own or subscribe to a specific journal title, but it will not tell you which articles are in the journal. If you need to search for titles of individual articles or the full-text of articles, you will need to search for these in databases or check the websites of electronic journals.

Electronic Journals - Subscription

Electronic journals (E-journals) may be published only in electronic/online formats or may be the electronic/online version of a print publication. The St. Augustine Campus subscribes to many electronic journals in the field of education.

Free Electronic Journals in Education

This document provides a selected list of free electronic journals in education that are listed on the E-journals page in UWILinC

Sources of Free Electronic Journals

Types of Databases

The main types of online databases are:

  • Bibliographic
  • Numeric
  • Image
  • Audio

Bibliographic Databases

Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:

  • Index: Includes only the article’s citation information (e.g. author, title, date, volume, etc.). Neither a summary, nor the full-text of the article are available.
  • Abstract: Includes the article’s citation information and a brief summary of the article's content. Abstracts do not include the full-text article.
  • Full-text: Includes an electronic copy of the actual article. Depending on the database, the article may be available in HTML format, .pdf format (displays the article as it originally appeared in the magazine with graphics and pictures), or both.

Subscription Databases

The Campus Libraries subscribe to several online bibliographic databases, which are available through UWILinC.

 Databases A - Z

The following databases provide good coverage of the field of education:

Free Databases

There are many free bibliographic databases available on the Internet. The following are specific to the field of education: