How do I find journal articles?

Once you have used a database or other means to identify appropriate articles on your topic, you must then determine if you can obtain access to the articles via the Reed College Library, or if you must use Interlibrary Loan.

Journals are listed in the library catalog. The Electronic Journals list also includes thousands of journals we get as part of fulltext databases and journal collections. Access Reed's journal holdings in either of two ways:

  1. Searching the E-Journal list directly.
  2. Use database links to check holdings directly.

Using Links From Databases

Some databases will allow you to link to the catalog to check holdings directly. Others will indicate in the citation whether or not the library subscribes to a journal. In this case, it is still a good idea to check the journal title list directly.

If you aren't sure where something is located, check a library map, or ask at the reference desk.

Interlibrary Loan

If the article is not available from the Reed Library, your next step is to use Interlibrary loan (ILL). Some databases allow you to request an ILL directly from the database, but for most you will need to use the ILL Request Form. Enter the requested information as completely as you can, as incomplete information will slow down your request.

About 90% of the articles ILL receives are in electronic format. When an electronic copy of an article you requested arrives, you will receive an email notification with instructions for accessing the article online. If the article is sent in paper form, you will receive it via campus mail.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to use ILL as it could take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to receive your request.

If you need any assistance, please ask a librarian.