Writing 121–Finding Articles


You are going to want to get to know the Barber Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/library so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL! Think of the library as your map to the world of information. You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!). There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web? Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you. That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information. The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff. It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.


Start at the Barber Library webpage at:http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Find Articles option to access journal article databases.


Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that are a good place to start:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
MasterFile Premier
Newspaper Source

Take a look at the Resources by Subject as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!




Need help finding some information? Are you new to databases and want to find an article? Do you need help printing a document? The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!


Here’s Barber Library’s open hours: https://www.cocc.edu/library/hours/

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Barber Library webpage.

Or e-mail us at: refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at: (541)383-7567.


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