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Articles are writings on a fairly narrow topic or subject, written by one or more authors. When doing research, articles should come from specialized magazines or journals. Journals can be defined as scholarly magazines. A typical journal has 8-12 articles and perhaps some books reviews as well. The most effective way to find an article on your specific topic is to search through journals. The most effective way to do this is to use a database. An electronic database indexes articles and in many cases can provide the full text of an article. CSU has over 120 databases that can provide access to millions of articles in tens of thousands of journals.
If you know the titles of your journals, you can search for your journal in the OPAC or in the alphabetical list of electronic journals.
We have our collection of databases arranged in alphabetical order and by subject. The Academic Search Complete database is a good place to start your research as it is a general database covering all subjects indexing nearly 12,000 journals and provides the full text of more than 7000 articles. If you are unsure about which database to use when beginning your research, stop by the reference desk for assistance.