How can I find journal articles?
You can begin by trying the Lane Search at the top of every Lane website page. It pulls together article searches from PubMed and SCOPUS.
You can also find articles efficiently by searching directly in PubMed, SCOPUS, or MEDLINE (which we get via Ovid). Search by topic, title, journal, author, and limit by date, age group, language, type of publication, and more. There are many databases available; see the FAQ on searching beyond PubMed for descriptions of some commonly used databases.
PubMed/MEDLINE indexes journal articles (no book chapters, conference abstracts, or dissertations). The articles generally come from scholarly journals, rather than popular magazines such as Psychology Today, Time, Newsweek, etc. Indexers use a highly structured thesaurus (vocabulary) to identify key elements of articles, and to aid searchers in finding specific articles. Using the subject headings or MeSH terms from this thesaurus can be very useful.
If you already know some information about a specific article, first try searching for author's last names and key title words using the Lane Search, or if you have a PubMed ID, use that.
You could also try the Single Citation Matcher. Fill in as many or as few of the boxes as you like.
You can also select a journal from the eJournals page or the stacks and scan the tables of contents or search within that journal.
To find the actual fulltext article, once you have done a search, click on the Stanford button with the swooshy S next to each citation or abstract. This takes you to a menu that will help you find the article online or in print.
If Stanford does not have it, request it via DocXpress.
For assistance with search strategies, selecting a database, or refining a search, contact your library liaison or the .