Be sure to record page numbers and other information you’ll need for citations.Your library may hold a number of bound journals, but no library contains every journal published.Libraries buy subscriptions to articles that they think their visitors will be most interested in finding.
By Grace Fleming Your professor may tell you that you’re required to use journal articles for your research paper.
You read articles all the time in magazines—but you know that’s not the sort of article your professor is looking for. Scholarly articles are reports written by professional people who specialize in specific fields, like Caribbean history, British literature, underwater archaeology, and educational psychology.
These reports are often published in hardbound periodical journals, which look much like encyclopedias.
You’ll find a section of your library dedicated to journal collections. You can find articles that exist by using a search engine.
There is a difference between finding articles that exist and actually putting your hands on an article that you discover through a search. Through a search, you will find names and descriptions of articles out there in the world of academia.
There will be special search engines loaded onto your library’s computers that generate article lists, based on your search criteria.
If you are at home, you can use Google Scholar to search.
To use Google Scholar, enter your topic and the word “journal” in the search box.
(You enter the word journal to avoid getting books.)Example: Enter “squid beaks” and “journal” in the Google Scholar box and you will generate a list of journal articles that have something to do with squid beaks from: Once you have identified articles with a search, you may or may not be able to access the actual text online.
If you are in a library, you will have better luck at this: you’ll be able to access articles that you can’t access at home, because libraries have special access that individuals don’t.
To make your life easier, ask a reference librarian for help getting to a full text journal article online.