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013983 - Learning Academic English: Finding Articles

In this guide:

Finding articles from a reference list

3 of your references can come from the reference list of the (Xiong, 2014) article. Finding these is a relatively simple process.

Most articles at UTS can be found by using the Find Articles service.

  1. Identify the title of the article in your reference list
  2. Go to the UTS Library home page
  3. Click on Find Articles under Quick Links on the home page
  4. Type the title of the article you are looking for into the search bar at the top of the page
  5. Select the correct article from the list and click the green Full Text Available link
  6. Choose any of the full text sources for your article


If the library doesn't have a copy of the article, you can still get access to it by filling out our journal article request form. Getting the article in this way takes at least 1 working day, so it's important to do your research as early as possible.

  1. Make a note of the details of the article you need
  2. Go to the InterLibrary Loans page on the UTS Library website.
  3. Click on the Journal Article link
  4. Fill in the form with the details of your article and click submit.

Discovering Articles

We will need to discover the rest of our references by searching the databases.

Creating a search strategy

Take the synonyms that we came up with on the first page of this study guide, and combine them using Boolean operators to create a search strategy. See the video below for details.


Then we put that search strategy into one of the top databases.

You may need to search a few times, trying different combinations of search terms to get good results.

Below are some databases you can use for the assignment.

Academic Search Complete

Proquest Education Databases