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First Year Student Guide

Finding Articles


For your assignments and research you will need to find academic journal articles. Your best starting point is HoyaSearch , your 'one stop shop' for searching lots of online databases all at once. Simply select the HoyaSearch tab on the search box on GU-Q Library website and make sure the "Everything" option is selected in the drop down menu. Enter your keywords and press "Search".


In the results list, filter to "Articles" under the Content Type section to your left.

Snapshot of Articles filter highlighted in red


Sometimes HoyaSearch results will be too overwhelming: there might be too many articles that you cannot possibly go through or the relevency might be low. You can then try to search in a subject-specific database to focus your search strategy to a narrower 'pool of information'.

What is a Database?

A database is a searchable collection of information. In library research, a database is where you find journal articles on a particular topic.

Through the GU-Q Library you have access to hundreds of databases, but don't worry, we can help you identify those most relevant to your studies, and show you how to search effectively within a database

You can use databases even when you are off campus, if you login with your GU-NetID and password

Evaluation of sources