Find Articles

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Begin your search for articles using Summon. This discovery tool offers a Google like experience - searching both the Middlebury online catalog (MIDCAT) and the majority of our subscription databases at the same time. After executing your search, you can further refine the results to just articles by choosing from among the options listed on the left hand side of the page. You can always can ask a librarian for assistance.

Tip:  You also can search Summon from the library web site.  Look in the Library Quick Search box:


If you’ve already found a citation (author, title, date) for an article in a magazine, newspaper or journal:

  1. Summon makes it easy to determine which articles link to full-text. Each citation includes an icon, those citations with full-text have a bright yellow sunburst. Click on the citation title, a new window will open. Follow the links on this page to reach the article.
  2. 'Alternatively, go to the "Journals" tab in the "Library Quick Search" box (see image above) on the library web site 'and search for the journal title. Follow the links it provides to find the journal online or in print or microform ("Middlebury College Local Holdings" indicates we have the journal in print or microform).
    Exceptions: The science journals listed here are available online only with journal-specific logins: Journal of Chemical Education, Journal of the American Medical Association.  For these journals, these instructions do not apply. Middlebury College students, faculty and staff may access these journals online. To obtain the journal-specific instructions, see Journal web page asks for login - Exceptions (if you are off-campus then you will need to sign in with your Midd username and password to view the instructions--click on the "Log In" button in the upper-right of the page).
  3. If we have the journal only in print or microform, the "Go to Journal" link in Summon takes you to "MIDCAT" for location information. In MIDCAT, look at the column labeled "Location." The Armstrong (Science) Library is in McCardell-Bicentennial Hall. The Davis Family Library is on Storrs Avenue. To find out where the call number (see the column labeled "Call No.") is located, you can click on the "Location" column in the midcat record to bring up an online map, or when you arrive at the library, consult a wall map or print floor map guide. Ask for assistance at any desk.
  4. If we don't subscribe to the journal:
    a. Request it from another library through interlibrary loan using the Illiad form (see the Interlibrary Loan section of the LIS Wiki for details)
    b. If you would like to recommend that the library purchase a subscription to the journal, use our Purchase Request Form. Please be aware that institutional journal subscriptions usually are expensive. Often, one journal can be added to our collection only if another is dropped.
    c. If you are unable to obtain the article through Interlibrary Loan, you may wish to look for it in nearby libraries.
  5. You always can ask a librarian for advice.

One last tip: For a visual overview of all resources on the Library home page, see the Quick-Start Guide to Library Research [pdf] or watch the Go/lib (now what?) tutorial.

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