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The Research Process: A Guide for OCC Students: 2c. Articles

This guide will walk you through the research process for a standard research paper.

Periodicals Defined

Periodicals are publications which are issued at regular intervals, such as journals, magazines, and newspapers.

To help you identify different periodicals, refer to the Types of Periodicals guide.

Article Formats

Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:

  • Index: Includes only the article citation (i.e., author, title, date, etc.). Neither a summary, nor the full-text of the article are available.
  • Abstract: Includes the citation and a summary of the article's content. It does not include the full-text article.
  • Full-text: Includes the citation and full-text article. This may be in HTML, .pdf, or both formats

Most databases at OCC will default to show you only full-text results. You can often change this option, if you wish.

Search for Articles

This search box will allow you to search OCC Discovery for articles. It includes articles from most library databases. More information here.


Choosing a Database

Article databases provide you with 24-7 access to magazine, journal and newspaper articles. To help you identify the most appropriate database for your research topic:

  • consult the Database A-Z  guide and use the pull down menu to limit your search by subject, and/or
  • see if there is a Subject Guide on your topic. 

What Are Databases

What Are Databases? by Yavapai College Library  -   Used by permission

Choosing the Right Database

Off-Campus Access

Use the same login that you use for MyOCC, Canvas, and your OCC email to login to the library's online resources.

If you have trouble logging in, please email us, use the chat button below, or call us at 714-432-5885 during open hours. You may also visit our off campus login instructions website.

Orange Coast Library Periodicals

For a complete listing of print and online periodicals available at the Orange Coast College Library, visit the Journals and Magazines Title List.


Open Source Journals

Open access journals provide unrestricted, free access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. However, it is often much easier to search the databases your library subscribes to first.