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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

    Searching for sources 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.

    Formats and Screen Readers

    The library's databases present electronic resources in different formats: PDF, EPUB, or HTML.

    • HTML allows materials to be read by read-aloud software very easily.
    • PDFs can present some issues. PDFs are not as versatile. Font size cannot be adjusted for screen size. PDF accessibility depends on how the articles were scanned. In some cases, security features (to prevent the document from being altered) may interfere with a PDFs accessibility.
    • EPUB format is best as screen size will not affect the formatting, it automatically resizes to fit the screen of the device being used, whether it is a computer screen or phone.  The library also chooses to purchase ebooks in EPUB format when available. It is a freely available standard supported by a majority of eReaders and reading apps.

    Screen readers allow individuals with impaired vision to interact with text on a screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. The American Foundation for the Blind provides useful information on screen readers on their website. Read More

    Web extensions for Chrome and Firefox allow users to evaluate web content for accessibility. WAVE browser extension is a useful tool that can evaluate any web page, including intranet, or password protected content. Read More and download

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