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Hi! I'm Kathy McGowan, the librarian for Education, Counseling and Human Development. If you need any kind of help at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. In addition to email, phone and chat conversations, students frequently schedule appointments to meet with me one-on-one. I can help you find articles for your research topics, suggest methods for organizing and collecting materials, and serve as a contact/resource. I look forward to working with you!

Finding Journal Articles using Databases

Finding . . .


     Search the Voyager Catalog to find books, journals (not journal articles!), dvds, dissertations and theses, electronic databases and electronic texts available in the University of Rochester Libraries. 

     Search the WorldCat database to identify books and other materials that have been published but which may not be available at the University of Rochester Libraries. Select the [icon here] to link to a filled out interlibrary loan request form.




1. I have a reference to a specific journal article. How do I find the article?


Check eJournals to see if the journal is online. Search by the title of the journal (NOT the article). For example, a search for        Educational Researcher finds this:


Educational researcher
     Source: JSTOR     Coverage: 1972 - 2005 
     Source: Sage Publications     Coverage: 01/01/1999 - present 
     Source: Wilson OmniFile     Coverage: 01/01/2001 - 12/31/2006


The article I want is in a 2008 issue of Educational Researcher so I click on the Sage Publications link. I then see the publisher website for Educational Researcher and I will either type the title of my article into the search box on the Sage site or select the volume and issue I need by scanning the date list.


If the journal you want is either not in eJournals or the coverage dates are wrong:

  • Fill out an Interlibrary loan form for the journal article. We will send the article to you through the interlibrary loan system. This usually takes 1 to 3 days.


  • If you'd like to see the entire journal and/or need the article immediately, search the Voyager catalog for the journal title (not article title). Be sure to select "Journal Title" in the pulldown.


  • Take a chance and paste your article title into Google Scholar. If you are off-campus, be sure Scholar Preference for University of Rochester is set as the Library Link.


If you have the title of an article but don't know the title of the journal:

  • Type the title into Google Scholar and/or Google. Use quotation marks to narrow your search to the exact title.



2. I'd like to read a book in the Rhees stacks. Is there a way to have it held for me?

Yes! We'd be happy to retrieve the book and hold it for you at the Rush Rhees circulation desk.We will email you when the book is available.

  • Look up the book title in the Voyager catalog,
  • If you get a list of titles--select the one you want by clicking the title.

Select "Request This Item" near the top of the page.



3. My journal article is only available in paper or microform format. Can I get a copy?


Yes! We'll make a pdf of the article and send it to you through the interlibrary loan system. This usually takes 24 hours and there is no charge.

  • Fill out an Interlibrary Loan request form for the article. Find the link to Interlibrary Loan on the library home page and as a link in the Voyager catalog.


Education Librarian

Kathy McGowan
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Rush Rhees Library, Room 106