Articles in magazines and journals are great sources of information when working on research papers and projects. The information below will help you learn to use the IUP Libraries' website to find the articles you need and how to get access to the materials as a distance learner.
The video below will demonstrate how to find articles using the Libraries' Discovery Search.
You can also use an article database to find articles.
A great database to try first is called Academic Search Complete. You can use it to find articles on a wide range of topics.
You can also try searching in a subject-specific database. Many of the databases IUP Libraries' subscribe to contain articles on one or two subject areas. For example, there is a database for psychology articles, another database for business articles, and another database for nursing articles. All of the databases available to IUP students can be found on the Databases page.
Use the Select a Topic drop down menu at the top of the page to find databases on specific subjects.
When using the databases to find articles, you'll usually have 1 of 3 options for getting to the full-text of an article. These options are:
In order to access IUP Libraries' resources from off-campus, you'll need to log in using your IUP username and password. When you click on, for example, a database or e-book link, you will be taken to the KLN PASS page. Click on the IUP logo.
Sign in with your IUP username and password (just like you would to access MyIUP).
ILL (Inter-Library Loan) means that IUP does not own the article you want, but we can get it for you quickly and for free.
This is especially useful for distance learners, because the articles are delivered electronically as PDF files.
The service IUP uses to process ILL requests is called ILLiad. First time users will need to create an ILLiad account.
After creating the account, use the links in the database like the example below, or go directly to ILLiad to request items we do not own.