Finding Articles

When trying to find an article, we recommend that you start by searching our collections & research tools, and then broaden your search as necessary.

You can follow these steps:

  1. Search Jones Library collections & research tools



  2. Search the open web

    (the free, publicly-accessible portion of the internet)

    • Check the publication's website


      A surprising number of articles are available for free and in full-text on the website of the magazine or newspaper that published it. This for less often true of academic & professional journals (see below).

    • Search Google Scholar for journal articles
      Sometimes you can locate PDF copies of articles on the open web via Google Scholar. It's usually worth a try.
  3. Request an article via ILLiad

    (a service of the Boston Public Library)
    We can request a digital copy of an article and deliver it to you via email. This service is free and has a very high success rate. Contact our Reference Desk to get started. Please include a complete citation, or as much information as possible about the article.
If you're looking for a book, movie, audio recording, or other item, see Searching Far & Wide.