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LSC Graduate Student Orientation : Literature Searching

Literature searching

undefinedAs a researcher at UW-Madison, you have access to a true wealth of information!  We subscribe to 1000's of journals,100's of databases, and  have a vast print collection. This page will help you search for articles and journals in your research area, and locate the full-text. Don't be stopped by paywalls - if you can't find the article in our collections, we can almost always get you a copy through interlibrary loan.

Please contact us if you need assistance. We can help you construct efficient searches, set alerts, find full text of articles and identify journals to publish in,

Searching Databases


You can access databases from the library home page ( Use the dropdown menu at the Catalog button to navigate to Databases. We subscribe to many databases that index scientific literature. 

There are several ways to access databases: 

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

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

3) Visit the Top 10 Databases page to access our most commonly used databases. 


The databases listed below are popular starting points for most science topics:

Life Sciences Communication

For Life Sciences Communication resources, see the research guide:

The databases listed below are popular starting points for most communication topics.

Getting Full Text Articles & Book Chapters

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 or book is available in print (Library Catalog)
  • request a free pdf of the article or book chapter if full text is not available online (Request a Copy)

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

Browse Journals

BrowZine is available for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff. BrowZine lets you browse, read, save, and monitor scholarly journals in your subject areas on your mobile device or desktop/laptop.

Citation Search

Locate articles when you have a citation using Citation Search.

Citation Managers

Citation Managers such as  EndNote, EndNote Basic, Mendeley, or Zotero are software tools for managing your citations.  Citation Managers will help you:

  • Create and organize a personal research database
  • Download citations from online databases
  • Format bibliographies and citations in papers
  • Share your citations with others