The quickest way to find articles on a specific topic is by searching a relevant database. The University Library subscribes to hundreds of databases, but we recommend the ones listed below as a starting point for students and researchers.
Some provide only citations for articles, so look for the Article Linker button, or try one of the methods described in the column on the right to access a copy.
These databases can use Subject Headings (e.g. MeSH, Emtree) to assist your searching. They can also be searched with keywords.
These databases can only be searched using keywords (author words).
If you find a great article on your topic, you can use these citation databases to track down articles that cite that particular article.
These tutorials are designed to provide a basic introduction to searching the databases.
Find out how to get the most out of PubMed by using the tutorials below:
If you already have a citation for the article that you are looking for,
e.g. Hancox, R. J., and R. Poulton. "Watching television is associated with childhood obesity: but is it clinically important?." International journal of obesity30.1 (2005): 171-175.
There are 3 easy ways to find a copy. These are listed below.
There are two options for finding articles using Library Search | Ketu
1. To find an article from a citation. Search for the "Title of the article" (within quotation marks)
2. To find the Journal:
Watch this short video on how to use Library Search | Ketu.
Need more help? Use this guide.
Off-Campus? It is very helpful to link to Google Scholar from the Library's list of databases: doing so will link to our electronic journals.
If you need an article that is not available via a database that the University of Otago subscribes to, or in print form in the library, request a free copy using the Get It Interloan service:
Article Linker links article databases to the Library's e-journal collections. It tells you whether (and where) the full-text of an article is available.
You may see Article Linker represented as: or Article Link.