Why use journal articles?
- They are more up-to-date than most books.
- They are “peer reviewed” by other scholars in the field who check for academic integrity.
- They are concise and usually no more than 30 pages in length.
- Every article will contain cited references and/or bibliographies.
- Print journals cannot be signed out of the library. However, many are now in electronic format. Check the date for online availability via the library catalogue.
Databases for finding journal articles
Search the library's databases to find journal articles. Read the database descriptions and the individual "help" pages as each database has its own specialty/focus.
Recommended databases for this course:
- America History and Life
- CPI-Q (Canadian Periodical Index) (all topics)
- CBCA Business and Reference (all topics)
- Canadian Research Index (for government documents at all levels)
- Social Sciences Full Text (all topics)
- Sociological Abstracts
- Web of Science (multidisciplinary)
Locating journals in the library
If you cannot link to an article through the database, check the title of the journal in the catalogue. Paste the title into the search field and then selecting "Journal Title" in the drop down menu. If the library has a subscription to the journal, you should be able to find your articles either online or in print.
The print record for a journal will have the call number, location code SER (for serial) and information about which volumes we hold including the latest issue received.The electronic journals have the URL as part of the record.
If we do not have the journal you want, check the University of Ottawa Library catalogue for the publication.
- American Review of Canadian Studies
- British Journal of Canadian Studies
- Canadian Ethnic Studies
- Canadian Historical Review
- Canadian Journal of Communication
- Canadian Journal of Native Studies
- Canadian Journal of Political Science
- Canadian Journal of Sociology
- History and Memory
- International Journal of Canadian Studies
- Journal of Canadian Studies
- Journal of the Canadian Historical Association
- Labour/Le Travail
- Revista Mexicana de Estudios Canadienses (Mexican Journal of Canadian Studies)
- Social History
- Southern Journal of Canadian Studies
- Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies