Finding Journal Articles
You Know the Article You Are Looking For
The citation tells you that the article was published in the American Journal of Botany. Go to the library home page, click on "Journals Titles" in the search box, and type in the title of the journal (NOT the article title).
Your search results show the various ways in which IC Library offers access to this journal.
Now compare the date of your citation (in this case, 2004) to the date ranges for the different holdings. The library only keeps the most recent six years in print, so we won't have this article in print. But you have your choice of three kinds of online access. Clicking on the link for either JSTOR, EBSCOhost, or HighWire will take you to the appropriate journal. From there, you can navigate by date to the article you need.
You Don't Have a Specific Article in Mind
Many times, all you know is that you need articles on a particular subject. To find articles, you will need to search in databases. The key is finding the right database. If you already know the database that you need, you can go straight there through the A-Z database list on the front page (e.g., click "S" for ScienceDirect).
If you don't know which database to use, consult the Library's research guides. They are avialable from the Library home page.
Research guides will usually list databases near the top of the page, sometimes in a "Best Bets" section. Descriptions are provided to help you choose the right database for your needs. The guide will also provide contact information for the librarian in your subject area in case you need help.
You Found a Linked Article in a Database
Most library databases will include "Find Full Text" links (usually indicated by a green arrow) that allow you to easily check to see if the Library has access to the article you're interested in.
Clicking on the "Find Full Text" Link will open a new window with linking information. If you're lucky, there will be an "ARTICLE" link that will take you right to the article:
If you're not so lucky, you'll see the following message, with an invitation to try Interlibrary Loan.