Finding Journal Articles

To find journal articles, you have three options:

1. Search Omni

  • type in the keywords of your topic, note: Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) must be in capital letters to be recognized by Omni
  • this tool searches most of the library's databases, simultaneously, for all types of material, including: journal articles, books/e-books, newspapers, magazines,videos, reports, etc.
  • each search can return many results, so you must use the filters to refine your search results
  • use the Advanced Search and narrow by Subject terms (controlled vocabulary)
  • remember to login first if you are searching from off-campus
  • Omni Search Tips

2.  Search specialized databases for Geography

  • these databases are focused on various areas of geographical research and contain citations or full text links to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and dissertations
  • you will find more precise articles with fewer results to browse

Recommended databases for journal articles/books include:

3. Use a search engine

  • Google Scholar (via the library's web site) - Google Scholar is a large search engine that searches information on the web and provides links to full-text articles to which the CU Library subscribes, or to articles made freely available by the publisher. It also provides articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and scholarly articles posted on the web.
  • Although it is easy to use and includes 'cited by' and ranking features, it does not provide full text without a library subscription and the coverage is uneven. There is no 'filter option' for just scholarly publications and very few options to limit or narrow your search results.

Note: Note: If the library does not have what you need, you can order electronic material from other libraries through RACER but you need to register before you can start using it.

Content last reviewed: February 1, 2021