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WRIT030-601-2019: Introduction to Critical Writing: Research Tools

Scholarly Databases

These databases will help you find scholarly articles about your topic

Finding Articles

If you have a complete article citation, search Articles+ to find the full text of your article.

No luck? That doesn't mean we don't have access to the article - it could be in print! Try using the PennText Article Finder as a next step. You can find PennText on the Library homepage.

Screenshot image of the "Use PennText Article Finder" button found on the library homepage.

To find the full-text of an article, enter the journal name into the PennText article finder. A pop-up box will give you options to access the article online, in print, or the option to request through interlibrary loan.

Off-campus Access

Visit this library guide for more information on using Penn Libraries' resources off-campus.

If' you're off-campus and want to connect to a Penn subscription to a website (for example, Nature), you can use this prepend before the site:

You'll then be asked to log in with your PennKey and password. You can also add this link as a bookmark in your browser.

Note that Penn sometimes does not subscribe to a journal website but still has content available through another electronic subscription. In that case, try a journal title keyword search in Franklin, or feel free to get in touch. 

Finding Books

If your citation is a book, use Franklin, the Library catalog. Franklin will help you find the library in which the book is located, and the call number. 


You can search for a specific book by title, author, or ISBN. You can also do a keyword or subject keyword search to find books on a particular topic. 

Screenshot image of the Franklin catalog search page.



Resources for locating books:


Book not at Penn? Request it from another library using BorrowDirect or EZ-Borrow

Reading a Citation

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Article citations have a journal/periodical title in addition to the article title. They will usually also show a volume and issue number.

  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American Psychologist, 56(3), 218.
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Book citations generally show a publisher and a city of publication. Book chapters will include the title of the chapter as well as the name of the book.

  • Peterson, C.  (2013). Pursuing the good life: 100 reflections on positive psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.




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