Find Journal Articles

Academic journals and popular magazines - do you know the difference?  

  •  Check in Ulrichsweb to be sure!
  •  Go to the publisher's web page to see criteria for submissions

Why use journals?

  •         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 focused on a specific aspect of a topic. 
  •         Every article will contain cited references that appear as footnotes and/or bibliographies.
  •         Most are now in online and accessible anytime and from off campus.

For best results do a search using keywords or phrases in a subject database to find references to scholarly articles.  
  When a database gives you an option, always limit to scholarly (or academic or peer reviewed) journals.  

Never limit to full-text only because you will miss any references to articles in journals when another vendor has the full-text publishing rights.

When searching databases, use operators to join concepts together using AND and OR.

Use AND to narrow a search
      Example:   woman AND girl  - both words must be included 

Use OR when the concepts are similar, and it does not matter which word is used.
     Example:   woman OR girl - retrieves records with either term resulting in many more hits than the example above

Use truncation when you want to allow for several spellings or variations on a word.
     Example:    fem*  will find all the words - female, feminine, feminist, feminism, etc.

Recommended Databases
Gale Literature
MLA International Bibliography
Project MUSE
Periodical Archives Online

1.  Look at all writings by a relevant author and co-authors.
2.  Explore the bibliography of a relevant article for more articles.
3.  Discover if the articles have been cited since publication.

Use Citation Indexes to find if a particular author and/or paper has been cited by other authors.


Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021