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Database Tips & Help - General

How to use databases to find articles and information sources.

Using SFX to Find a Specific Journal

SFX Step by Step

Once in SFX, you can either search for a journal or browse journal titles alphabetically. Use the search function to look for your terms within a journal title, or to find a specific title. If you know the exact title of the journal you're looking for, click the Starts with radio button and enter the first one or more words of the title.

SFX landing screen with search box and A to Z browse.


Your search results will display journal titles and list the sources you can use to access the journals. In some cases, such as the one pictured below, there will be a number of options. Notice that different sources provide access to different date ranges. Some of the sources offer access to issues through 2005, while others provide access to more recent issues. Click the link above the date range that includes the issue you're looking for.

Example of SFX results screen for the journal Pediatrics.


From this point, follow the links to get to the journal's page. These pages usually look something like the one pictured below. Navigate using the year links to find the issue in which your article is located, or simply browse the issues.

Pediatrics journal archive page.