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How to Find Scholarly Journals and Articles

Where to Look for Scholarly Journal Articles

Scholarly articles are published in academic journals, which can be searched in several places:

Searching in Library Databases

We have access to many databases, all of which have different content. Some of our most popular databases include: 

If you are looking for a subject-specific database, browse the A-Z List of Databases by subject:

Not all databases have access to the full-text. When the full-text of an article is not available, look the LinkSource Button. 

This will search all our holdings to see if we have the journal in print (downstairs in the basement) or through another database. If we do not have the article, you will be prompted to interlibrary loan the article.

Looking for a Specific Journal Article

During your research, you might come across a citation for an article that you want to read.

To locate the article with the journal finder, determine the Journal Title, Year, Volume, and Issue Number for the article.

In this citation:

Bazerman, C. (1981). What Written Knowledge Does: Three Examples of Academic Discourse. Philosophy of the Social Sciences,11(3).

  • The Journal Title is Philosophy of the Social Sciences.
  • The Year is 1981.
  • The Volume
  • The Issue Number is 3
  • Search for the journal title in the Journal Finder

    In this case, we have the journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences for the year 1986 in the databases Proquest Periodicals Archive and Sage Deep Backfile. You can browse the journal in these databases to find the relevant volume and issue number.

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