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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 overwhelming: there might be too many articles you cannot go through or the relevance might be low. You can then try to search in a subject-specific database to focus your search strategy on 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 and other materials 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 assignments, and show you how to use them effectively.

You can use databases even when off campus: log in with your GU-NetID and password.

Evaluation of sources