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How to find Library materials

Journal articles

Look up journal articles on a topic by using a library database.

A database is a collection of information sources (usually journal articles) with a search engine that allows you to search for the articles. The Library subscribes to a number of databases that will retrieve citations to journal articles (e.g., title of article, author, title of journal, volume number, page numbers, etc.). Some citations include abstracts (summaries) of the journal article that will help you determine if the articles fits your topic. In addition, some databases provide the full-text of the articles. If the full-text article is not available in the database you searched, see below for further information.

There are two basic types of databases:

  1. There are some general periodical databases that have articles on many subjects. They cover a range of periodical types from popular magazines to scholarly journals.
  2. Other databases focus on specific subject areas and will lead you to scholarly articles in that field. They also often identify books, dissertations, conference papers, and other sources of information in that field. Many databases include foreign language sources.

To search these databases either on or off campus, you will need to input your ASU network login information.

Search for journal articles

  1. From the Library homepage, click on the Databases A-Z List if you already know the name of the database you want, or use the subject pull-down list to choose your database by subject.
  2. Click on the title of the database you want to use.
  3. Use the search features of the database you chose to look for articles

If you are not finding what you want, look at the “Help” screens which most databases offer for suggestions on refining your search. If that does not work, try another database in your subject area. If that does not work, then use the “Ask A Librarian” service to ask for more help.


Angelo State University students, faculty, and staff have access to a growing list of eBooks. The Library subscribes to the following major ebook collections:

In addition to these collections the Library has purchased a number of individual eBook titles. The following collections of electronic books are freely available to all on the web.

To locate eBooks from the Library collections/subscriptions

Course Reserves

Government Documents

Search our catalog, RamCat and use the Quick limit “Government Documents” in your search.

If you are conducting a comprehensive search or just haven’t quite identified the right resources yet, try broadening your search by using the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to documents that are available online. Most titles date from 1976 forward. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keyword, or click on “Advanced Search” for more options. The catalog offers the option to nd a nearby Federal Depository Library that has a particular publication or that can provide expert assistance in finding and using related U.S. government information. Click on the title of interest from our search results list. Then click on the “Locate in a Library” link within the displayed record. Searches can be limited by telephone area code to find a conveniently located depository library.

Most print government documents may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Campus users (students, faculty, and staff) may check out most print government documents. Items may be renewed. Please see Circulation Policies Grid for more details.