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Communication Sciences and Disorders

How to Find Journal Articles

How do I search for articles in the library? 

You can search for articles using the simple search in Search@UW or the  A-Z List of Databases.


 Search@UW!  Search@UW is a multi-disciplinary research tool that combines all of the library's resources into one large database of information.  You simply search this resource by typing in the keywords of your search and it goes out and quickly searches the database for matches to your search words.  It is easy and fast to use Search@UW, but here are some tips about using this new resource.

1. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SIGNED INTO THE SYSTEM FIRST!  On the library's home page, under the Search@UW box, there is a link that reads "Sign in Search@UW"

  • When you click on "For best results, sign in," you will have to select our campus and then use your "w" number and password to log in.

  • Your name should appear in the upper right hand corner of Search@UW.

  • If you are already in Search@UW and your name does not appear in the upper right hand corner, click on the Sign In link in the far right corner.  You will see two options to sign in using your w number and password OR using your last name and 16 digit UW ID number:

2. Select "Articles" from the drop down menu.


  • FACETS are your new friend!  What is a facet?  A facet is a category that focuses or narrows your search results to something more specific.  Facets are found on the left hand side of the screen after you do a search.  For example, there are facets for limiting to peer reviewed (scholarly) articles or full-text articles.  There are additional facets for resource type (reviews, articles, dissertations, newspaper articles, etc.), specific author or creator, topics, creation dates, languges, and so much more.

  • USE ADVANCED SEARCH!  If you are looking for an article by a specific person or a specific date range, use the Advanced Search.  Here is an example:

    Note that you can just put in the year in the Start Date or End Date box and the system will fill in the first and last day of the year.  Please note that dates are entered as DAY / MONTH / YEAR.