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UAL: Unit for Academic Literacy: Find an article

How to find an article on a subject

Go to the library homepage:

On the blue navigation bar across the top, point to Libraries & Units.

Select the Humanities faculty library from the drop-down menu that appears.

When the page opens, to the left of the screen you will find a heading that reads: "Select a Subject related database".

Click on the + sign to choose your subject from the list, e.g. Afrikaans.

This will take you to suggested links to recommended databases and platforms for Afrikaans studies.

Begin your search using the most relevant keywords.

Remember to search using keywords in singular and plural form, and where relevant, in English and Afrikaans! Also think of synonymous terms to search.

How to find a specific article

Go to

On the blue navigation bar across the top, point to Search. A drop-down menu appears. Choose e-Journals.

Once the page has opened, type the title of the journal in the e-Journal search box 

The results page will display all the platforms that host the journal electronically.

The date ranges displayed indicate the issues available via each platform.

Select the most appropriate platform for your search.

The journal page should open up now.

Navigate through the different issues of the journal listed to find the correct year, volume, issue and page number and thus, finally, the relevant article.

Article not available here?

Staff members and students from 4th year upwards have permission to request books from other institutions' libraries.

Use our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service to create a prerequest.

E-Journal Platforms and other databases

  • Cambridge - Language and Linguistics, and Literary Studies
  • DOAJ - Language and Literature
  • Ebscohost - (Academic Search Complete, Africa-wide Information, ERIC, Humanities Source, Masterfile Premier, MLA International Bibliography, Newspaper Source, Philosopher's Index, PsychINFO; Regional Business News)
  • Ingentaconnect
  • JSTOR - "a shared digital archive; a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources"
  • PAO (Proquest) - arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Project Muse - "digital humanities and social sciences"
  • Proquest (British Humanities Index, COS Conference Papers Index, e-brary, ERIC, LLBA, PAIS International, PAO & PIO, Proquest Dissertations and Theses Online)
  • Oxford
  • Sabinet Reference (ISAP, SAePublications, SAMedia)
  • Sage
  • Springerlink
  • Taylor & Francis Online
  • Wiley Online

Please refer also to the Databases tab in this libguide. A link is provided there to the Humanities Faculty Library webpages, where subject recommended databases are listed.