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  • Journal articles

Databases A-Z list Go to a directly to a particular databases eJournals A-Z Go directly into a specific journal Research guides Not sure which database to use? Go here to find databases that index information on your topic.

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Josiah (Library Catalog)

Josiah searches most of the journal, magazine, and newspaper resources available through Brown’s library databases, as well as most of the library's books and other physical holdings, the Brown University Library Digital Collections, and the Brown Digital Repository. Other types of materials such as dissertations, theses, and library research guides are also included. Josiah also searches the full-text content of the Brown University Library’s ebook collections. Also searchable from the Library homepage.

Obtaining resources from other libraries

If Brown doesn't have everything you need, use Interlibrary Loan get materials from other libraries.

Books: using WorldCat/ Borrow Direct
If the book you need is checked out or not in our catalog, try looking for it in Worldcat, a catalog of libraries worldwide. You can also use WorldCat  to conduct additional subject searches just to see what’s out there. Be sure you're on the Brown network, then click on the Request This Item in the green box. If it’s available, the book will be sent to you. This service for books is called Borrow Direct.

Journal articles: using ILLiad
If you found the article in a database, click on Find It button. If we don't have it, you'll be directed to an Interlibrary Loan link. If you're not in a database, or don't see Find It button, open your own ILLiad account and request the article there. Generally, you'll be emailed a PDF of the article, and it can be found in your ILLiad account.