Finding Journal Articles and books/eBooks

To find journal articles, you have 3 options:

1. Use Omni, the library's main search box

  • type in the keywords of your topic or use the Advanced Search option
  • this tool searches most of the library's databases, simultaneously, for all types of material, ie: peer reviewed journals, articles, book reviews, books/e-books, newspapers, magazines, videos, reports, maps, etc.
  • each search can return many results (much like Google), so you must use the filters to refine your search results
  • Need help? Try Omni Search Tips

2. Search a specialized database for Geography

  • GEOBASE focuses only on all areas of geographical research and contains 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 this course include:

3. Use a search engine

  • Google Scholar (accessed via the library's web site) 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 for the humanities and social sciences is uneven. There is no filter for just scholarly publications and very few options to limit or narrow your search results.

Finding Books/eBooks

Use Omni to find books (in addition to almost everything else)

Here are a few search tips to find books/eBooks:

  • do a keyword search in the box provided
  • filter the results by 'Books' under Resource Type; to find eBooks, select 'Available Online' under Availability
  • view instructions for finding eBooks on Omni
  • when using the Advanced Search option, filter by Subject (a controlled vocabulary of words and phrases), then select Books, as Material Type. 
  • After finding book(s) on your topic, use the Virtual Browse feature to discover other titles
  • Need help? Try Omni Search Tips

Search eBook Collection Databases:

Content last reviewed: July 28, 2020