Answered By: Katie Hoskins
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2016     Views: 240

You need to have the full citation to find a specific journal article. In this example, we will look for this article:

Kellner, Rivka Temima. "J.K. Rowling's ambivalence towards feminism: House elves -- women in disguise -- in the 'Harry Potter' books." The Midwest Quarterly 51.4 (2010): 367.

1) Go to and click on the Articles tab. Select Find Journal by Title

2) Type in the Title of the journal and click Search. (Omit articles such as "the" and "a.")

3) In the search results you will see a list of journals, the years to which we have access, and the database(s) in which they are located. Look closely at the available dates -- different databases may have access to different years for the same journal.

Click on a hyperlinked database (e.g., Academic Search Complete) that includes access to the year of publication needed (2010 in this example). You may be prompted to login with your MyNOVA username and password at this point.

4) Sometimes the link will take you to a landing page for that journal; other times the link will take you to a generic search page where you have to search again for the journal title.

In this example, clicking the link for Academic Search Complete will take you to a landing page for Midwest Quarterly. You can either "search within this publication" or browse by issue.

5) If you decide to "Search within the publication," the database will automatically include information in the search box for the journal (be sure to leave this information). On the second line, type the author's last name, which is Kellner in this example.

6) You should then see your search result(s) and be able to access the full-text of the article

Keep in mind that databases have different layouts and search features.