Journal Articles

Academic articles are found by searching the following

Citation Chaining - Find articles by following citations. If you found an article that matches your topic the databases below will help you find research that cited that article. 

Good to know:

  • Within a database, limit your search to scholarly (also called academic or peer reviewed) articles when it is appropriate to disregard other resources.
  • Never limit to full-text only as we may subscribe to the journal you find from another vendor.  Use the Get it! icon to search for the full text when it is not immediately available.
  • Use available options to search more than one database at a time.
  • Sort by relevance or newest titles first.  
  • Examine the keywords on the record for additional search terms.
  • Look for the option to set up an RSS feed or to Create an Alert.  You are then notified when a new entry is added to the database that meets your search criteria.
  • Use the Interlibrary Loans RACER form to request items not held at Carleton’s library.  

Tips for effective searching -

If you find one relevant article for your reseach it can lead to other relevant papers by the following:

  • using the databases, including OMNI, look to find all papers & books published by the author or co-authors
  • explore the bibliography in the paper for sources
  • using Web of Science or Scopus, look for articles that cite the article you found.    Remember, some databases will also list citing articles but those lists are limited to the current database.  The Web of Science and Scopus are more comprehensive, with coverage from multiple databases. 

Peer Review

Not sure if an article is in a peer reviewed journal? check with Ulrichsweb

Content last updated: November 18, 2020