Articles provide a short treatment (1-20 pages) on a topic and appear in newspapers, popular magazines, trade magazines and academic journals. Because of their brevity, articles may be published quicker than a scholarly book, so they are a good place to find recent information.
To find articles, there's no need to do tedious, time-consuming browsing of one journal or publisher at a time. Search thousands of journals, magazines and/or newspapers at the same time by using these databases:
Library One Search
The Library One Search is the best place to start if you're trying to find material on a topic and want more than one content type (books, journal articles, magazine articles, etc.) to be retrieved. Library One Search also let's you search anything (topic, title, author, etc.) from a single search box; an advanced search feature is also available. When viewing a results list, use the options in the left column to refine or re-focus the results.
Didn't find enough journal articles using "Library One Search"? Try some of the databases specifically designed to help you retrieve engineering material:
View an online demonstration on how to use Compendex to find journal articles. (4m 58s)
Compendex and Inspec are on the same search platform (EI Village) and may be searched together at the same time; simply select one of the databases with which to enter the system, then on the home page under "Select a Database", mark both the Compendex and Inspec boxes.
Speciality databases for specific areas of engineering may be available. Click on the "Advanced Guides" tab to see a list of guides for specific areas within engineering; look for "How to Find Articles" to see a list of indexing databases for that specific area.
Already have a citation for an article? Here's how to find the article in the ASU Library.
Citations for articles usually contain the following components, although not necessarily in this order:
To determine if an article is available from the ASU Library use either (or both) of these methods:
Method #1: Quick and Easy (but it can't find everything)
Method #2: Can Find Everything (but takes a little longer)
If the article you need is available only in print or microfilm at a different ASU Library ...
Request the article via the Interlibrary Loan service and we'll scan a copy, put it in your account, and then notify you via email when it's available -- no charge!
If the ASU Library doesn't have the journal article you need in any format (online, print or microfilm) ...
Request the article via the Interlibrary Loan service, we'll find a library that has it, they'll scan it into your account, and we'll notify you via email when it's available -- no charge!
And don't forget - whenever a journal article is not available online, "Get It @ ASU" will display an "Option 2" on its screen - click on this option, login to your ILL account, and the computer will automatically fill in the article request form for you! All you have to do is click "Submit."