Finding Journal Articles

To find journal articles, you have several options:

1. Use Omni - library's main search box

  • type in the keywords of your topic in the search box
  • this tool searches most of the library's databases, simultaneously, for all types of material, ie: journal articles, book reviews, books/e-books, newspapers, magazines,videos, reports, etc.
  • each search can return many results (much like Google), so you must use filters to refine your search results
  • try using the Advanced Search and narrow by Subject terms (controlled vocabulary)
  • use the Omni Search Tips guide if you need help

2. Use recommended databases for journal articles/books include:

  • America, History and Life - covers all areas of Canadian and U.S. history
  • JSTOR - digital library of journal articles, books and primary sources on all topics

3. Use a search engine:

  • Google Scholar (access via the library's web site only). Google Scholar is a large search engine that searches information on the web and provides links to full-text articles to which the Carleton Library subscribes, or to articles made freely available by the publisher. It also provides articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and scholarly articles posted on the web.
  • Although it is easy to use and includes 'cited by' and ranking features, it does not provide full text without a library subscription and the coverage for the humanities and social sciences is uneven. There is no 'filter option' for just scholarly publications and very few options to limit or narrow your search results.

Remember: If you cannot get a journal article at the library, you can register for a RACER account to access electronic material from other libraries.

Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021