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LSC 375: Misinformation, Fake News, and Correcting False Beliefs about Science (Spring 2021) : Finding Sources

This guide provides links to selected resources from among library collections and services to support students in LSC 375.

Getting to Full Text

Follow    (Find It button) or the "Find It at UW Madison" link in most databases to:

  • access online full text (when available)
  • see if the journal is available in print (Library Catalog)
  • request a copy of the article (PDF) if full text is not available online (Request a Copy link)

If you already have a citation, use this Citation Search to search for your article.

Information about this page....

This landing page for "Finding Sources" addresses finding articles (both popular and scholarly) using several of our subscription databases by subject or type. See also the tab for "Science News & Media" for links to databases and sites for that information type. 

Our librarians are happy to provide more assistance with using these specialized tools. Do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian!

Selecting and Searching Databases by Subject or Type


You can access databases from the library home page ( Use the dropdown menu at the Catalog button to navigate to Databases

There are several ways to browse and to select databases: 

1) Search by the title of the database (for example, 'Academic Search').

2) Use the Browse by Subject/Type page to discover databases to literature that cover your research topic.

3) Visit the Top 10 Databases page to quickly access a selection of popularly-used databases. 

Note: Additionally, an "Articles Search" can be run from the library home page. The Articles Search runs a search within several databases simultaneously. Filters by date, source, document type (and more) can be applied to the retrieval. There is also an Advanced interface.


Here are some suggested databases given your course content:

Database Search Strategies (video)

Searching Tips for Online Databases

  • Use AND to combine search terms; retrieve records with those terms, in any order: friends AND communication
  • Use OR to combine similar search terms or synonyms: friends OR peers
  • Use quotation marks ( " ") to search a required phrase: "interpersonal communication"
  • Use an asterisk ( * ) to retrieve singular and plural forms or suffixes for search terns: friend* = friend, friends, friendly or friendship
  • Review "subject headings" or "descriptors" to identify additional and useful search terms.
  • Apply limits or filters to your results (by date, document type, or other).