Answered By: Kristin Snawder
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2020     Views: 397

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 the Title of the journal in the search box surrounded by quotation marks.  Make sure that you are spelling the title of the journal correctly. 


3) In the search results you will see a list of journals.  Click on the title of the journal in order to be taken to a page with more information about the journal and the library's access to that journal. 


4) You will see a listing of databases in which the journal is available including the date range in which it is available in full text in that database.  Click on the linked name of the Database in which you would like to view the journal.

You might see that the journal is available at a campus library which means that journal is available in print at that specific campus library.  You might also see that the journal is available online at the journal's website.


5) 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.


6) 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.


7) 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.