How do I find an article?

There are many different ways to find magazine and newspaper articles at the library. Besides providing many indexes to articles from magazines and newspapers, our databases often provide the full-text of the article and our Central Library has vast holdings of articles in print and on microfilm.


Use the library catalog

If you know the title of the magazine/newspaper and the publication date, you can check to see if we own a copy of it like this:

  1. Go to the Library Catalog.
  2. Type the title of the magazine or newspaper in the Search box.
  3. Click the Search button.
  4. If needed, refine the format (on the right side) to magazine or newspaper to narrow your results.
  5. Once you find your magazine or newspaper, click on the title and check the holdings to see which dates you can find in the library.

For more help on using the library catalog, see our How do I use the library catalog? tutorial.

Use a library database

If you’re looking for articles on a subject or by a certain author you might first start with our two general article databases, ProQuest and EBSCOHost, found through the library databases page listed below Research Resources at the top of each page.


You can do a Basic or Advanced Search in ProQuest, the difference being that Advanced Search allows you to easily enter more search terms and qualifiers such as "author," "article title" and "publication title" on the drop down menus. You can also use Publication Search to find specific publications covered in ProQuest, the coverage of the publication and direct links to specific issues. Many articles are full text, which you can print or email to yourself. Editions covered for some magazines/newspapers may go back through the mid-1980’s, but you’re more likely to find full-text articles starting in the 1990’s.


Choosing EBSCOhost will take you to a screen with several options - select EBSCOhost Web. Next, choose the databases you want to search. Select MasterFILE Elite and any other databases you want. Searching is basically the same as with ProQuest, including the capability of searching for specific publication titles and coverage range.

Kansas City Star

If you are looking for an article from the Kansas City Star, you can search the Kansas City Star database to find articles from 1991 to the present.

Use a print index

The Central Library has Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. We also have some specialized indexes such as the Wall Street Journal Index and Book Review Index in the Central Library Reference Department.

If we don’t have the specific article you need

The Access Services Department at the Central Library provides an Interlibrary Loan service to obtain articles not found at our library.

Get help

If you have trouble finding what you need, please call the Central Reference Department at the Central Library at 816-701-3433 or stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Central Library. Remember, when in doubt - ask a librarian for help!

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