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How Do I: find articles?

How to get started using the Evergreen State College Library.

Finding Articles

available articles

find articles

1. There are two ways to search for articles in the library catalog:

OPTION A: From the library homepage choose Articles, Books, and More in the drop-down list.

choose Articles, Books, and More

(Remember, sign in for best and easiest access to content we own.)

sign in for access

OPTION B: Start directly from library catalog, choose Articles tab.

articles tab

2. Under Resource Type, narrow down to "Articles." 

narrow down using the facets on the left

3. If you see the green dot, click on Availability and Request Options and select the resource link that covers the date of the article's citation. 

click availability and request to see full text options

Here's the article!


If the article is not available, use the ILLIAD - Interlibrary Loan Request (about 10 days) link to request the article via ILL.

6. If the article is NOT AVAILABLE, click on the "ILLIAD - Interlibrary Loan Request" link.

request article via illiad link

NOTE: Articles will be delivered within 2-5 business days, other materials will be delivered usually within 10-15 business days.

7. Log into ILLiad using your login and password.

illiad login

8. The article information will populate into the ILLiad form. Check that all fields with asterisks have information.

 article form in illiad

Click "Submit Request."


You will receive an email when your article is ready to be accessed electronically. 

Google Scholar ( searches items that fall under academic resources - book reviews, articles, studies, and more. 

On-campus Google Scholar searching for articles:

1. Use the search box (in this guide or go to

2. Once the results appear, use the left-hand facets to narrow the results. Also note, items that are available display "[PDF} from ..."

These are items you can access immediately!

google scholar results screen

3. In this example, you want to see the item: "Geoducks (Panopea abrupta) as isotopic bioarchives of seasonality in the climate of British Columbia."   

     Click on [PDF] from and it takes you right to the document! 

click on pdf link, article will display

If you run into any problems accessing something, let us know!

Call the research desk at 360-867-6252 or contact us via our form. 

To search Google Scholar from off-campus and to see what items we have available via the Evergreen Library subscriptions, you will need to setup your library preference.

1. From, choose Settings

choose settings

2. Choose Library links

choose library links

3. Enter "evergreen state college" and search

4. Check "The Evergreen State College - Check at Evergreen"

set scholar preference for the evergreen state college

5. Click Save

Now you should see the "Check at Evergreen" prompt next to articles we might have full text access.

check at evergreen

Basic Search Strategies

Library Catalog:

The basic search is a keyword search. 

  • NOTE: The search assumes you want results with all your keyword terms unless OR or NOT are specified between words and phrases.

To search for a phrase, use quotation marks.

  • ex: "global warming"

To search for items with at least one or more words or phrases, use OR or NOT.

  • celtic NOT irish

Use wildcards (? or *) to find all possible results with variations of your search word.

  • Use ? to perform a single character wildcard search. ex: wom?n - will find results including women, woman, and so forth. 
  • Use * to perform a multiple character wildcard search. ex: cult* - will find culture, cultural, culturally, and so forth.

For more searching help, visit Primo Online Help.

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