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English 101: College Writing (Prof. Hajdik): Finding Articles


Research@UWW  is a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of articles, books, ebooks, government documents, media, images, and more. It includes many, but not all, of the Library's databases. If you need more specialized information or want to look at a database not searched by Research@UWW, search individual databases.

Log in after your first search to ensure you're seeing all available citation and have seamless access to full text and UW Request borrowing.


Library Article Databases

Andersen Library subscribes to many databases that can be used to locate periodical (journal, magazine and newspaper) articles, as well as book chapters, dissertations and the like. Online databases are the preferred way to find recent articles. If you need older articles, or cannot find any articles on your topic using online databases, ask a Librarian for assistance with researching and using other resources. Databases list articles that may or may not be owned by the Library.

Databases and the full text articles they contain can be accessed both on and off-campus.

Here are the primarily newspaper article databases to get you started:

  • Access NewspaperARCHIVE
    Contains millions of searchable newspaper pages from around the world, dating as far back as the 1700s. From BadgerLink.
  • America's Historical Newspapers (including Early American Newspapers Series 1 - 7, 1690-1922) 
    Contains historical books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over 3 centuries.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
    A full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
  • Nexis Uni 
    Use the Search the News box for access to a wide range of full-text news.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Historic Archives
    This searchable archive to The Milwaukee Journal, The Milwaukee Sentinel and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covers the time period of 1884-2007. Search by keyword or by date. When searching by date, a specific date may be selected. Articles cannot be printed, but links to specific articles can be emailed. The archive does not include all papers from all dates at this time.
  • Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOhost)
    Provides selected full text for over 1520 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune (1849-1992) (ProQuest)
    Offers full page and article images with searchable full text.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2012) (ProQuest)
    Delivers every page of every issue from cover to cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF.
  • ProQuest Global Newsstream (ProQuest)
    Offers access to the full text of over 1,300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world.
  • Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site
    Provides access to the daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin, starting in 2005 to the present, with an embargo delay of 60 days. Note: At present it is not available through IP address authentication (using Net-ID from Off Campus). Off Campus access is possible by entry of a Wisconsin public library card number. From BadgerLink.
  • Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles - (Wisconsin Historical Society)
    This site contains images of 16,000 articles from Wisconsin local newspapers, and a small number from other states, "preserved in scrapbooks at the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 19th and 20th centuries." Most articles were published between 1860 and 1940.

These databases will help you find all types of periodical articles and other materials:

Access more databases by selecting the Articles/Databases tab on the box on the Library homepage.

Sample search in a database:

"extreme sport*" AND (wom* OR female*)

How do you know whether an article is scholarly or not? Check out the Scholarly Journal v. Popular Magazine Articles guide.

Find the Full Text

journal articlesMost databases have some full text articles in addition to article citations. When an article is not available in that database, use Find It button button/link to determine whether and where the UWW libraries have it.

In Research@UWW, go to the View It section of an article's record.

In either case, look in the View It section next to see if there is a link to the online article. If it is not online, scroll down to the Get It section to see if the article is physically in one of the UWW libraries. If it is not available either way, you may order the article by clicking on the We Can Get it for You (Document Delivery/ILLiad) link which will appear in the Get It area.

If you are not in a database or Research@UWW, use the Journal Search (also on the libraries' homepage) to determine whether and where the Library has a particular periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper, etc.), then search the periodical for the desired article.

How? Check out the How to Use Find It and the Journal Search guide.

Off-Campus Access

Databases and the full text content they contain can be accessed both on and off-campus.

The first time you click on a database name, you'll be prompted to log into the proxy server with your UW-W Net-ID and password (just like you do to access your UW-W email, WINS account, and Canvas courses). After a while of non-use you will be timed out. Just sign in again.

If you have issues logging in or accessing online full text articles and books, please check the Troubleshooting section of our Get Help page for known issues. The three most common solutions are: 

  1. Use the most recent version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser (Edge and Internet Explorer can cause access problems)
  2. Use Citrix (step by step instructions) from this webpage:
  3. Use the VPN (Virtual Private Network). Want to watch a video on VPN? See

Note: Research@UWW does not require that you sign in at first. However, you should sign in anyway after your first search for seamless access to more full text and to Request/UW Request borrowing.

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