Find journal articles in databases
In addition to databases listed below a full list of databases available through the library are listed in Databases A to Z and other subject specific databaes can be found under Subject Guides.
Library Search Engine - Basics tutorial (short video)
Library Search Engine - Advanced Techniques tutorial (short video)
Searching for articles:
You can search the library's database for articles HERE
- Before you start your search always be sure to check the box in the right hand column to "Limit to articles from peer-reviewed journals
- Next scroll slightly down that right hand column to "Format" and click the X to the right of "Book Reviews" to remove book reviews from your search which are not scholarly articles.
- After applying these limitation you can then click "Retain Current Filters" under the central search bar and enter your search terms.
Some entries have full text via the database.
For others, click on to determine
After clicking on the "Find it" button one of 3 things will happen
- You will be linked directly to the article
- There will be a blue button "Full text online" that you can click to access the article
- There will be a blue button "Request scan" which will allow you to request the article through interlibary loan.
Find Specific Articles or Browse Specific Journals
When you search the library's website or one of the databases below you are searching hundreds of different journals for articles that match the search terms you have chosen to use.
However, sometimes you may wish to find a specific article, or browse a specific journal. You can do this using Journal Finder.
Search For and Browse a Journal
To search for a specifc Journal simply type in the name or part of the name in the search box below "search for a journal."
Your results should look something like this
You will notice that there are multiple links to access one journal, that is because we have access to this journal through multiple databases. What you need to pay attention to are the dates preceding the links. These dates indicate coverage. So for example if you you wanted to browse current issues of PMLA shown above you would want to click on the last link for "Modern Language Associaiton Journals," which covers 2002 to the present. If you wanted to browse older issues you would instead click the link for "JSTOR Early Journal Content" which covers 1889-1922.
After decide which link you want to click based on the coverage dates you will be taken to a page that looks something like this.
Typically, there will be years which you can expand or minimize and then individual volumes and issues which you can then click on and view the individual artilces in a given issue or volume of a journal.
Finding a specific Article
To find a specific artilce simply scroll down the journal finder page to "search for an article" and search using the title of the article, the title of the journal, and the year of publication.
Identifying Scholarly Journals
How can you tell if a journal article is scholarly?
There are several ways to tell. Some database search engines (like EBSCOs) allow you to limit your searches to peer reviewed results by checking a box. Another way is to look at who publishes the journal; often, journals are published by a university press like Johns Hopkins, Duke, or Oxford. If so, the journal and articles in it are scholarly and peer reviewed. Another way to decide is to look at the frontmatter in each journal issue (in print or on the journal website). Often journals will have editorial policies and submission guidelines that tell you whether or not a journal is scholarly.
How are scholarly journal articles different from regular articles?
Scholarly articles always go through a process of blind submission and peer review. This means that all articles are judged solely on the quality of content and are published only if other experts in a given field decide that the article contributes something worthwhile. If you are reading an article in a peer-reviewed journal, you can be assured that it's already been looked at by multiple experts, most of whom are established scholars.
Is there a way to tell which journals are better than others?
There are several options you have. You can search the journal title inWorldCat and see how many libraries worldwide access it. The more libraries that access it, the more likely the journal is important. Other journals advertise their impact factor, which is a measure of how often the journal is cited. Otherwise, ask your professors which journals they think are most important.
What are the features of scholarly journal articles?
- Often directed toward a narrow audience that has specific research interests.
- Always have information cited in text or in footnotes.
- Provide extensive bibliographies and overviews of existing research.
Remember, scholarly journal articles are just one of many kinds of articles out there. If you still have questions, ask a librarian or your professor.
These resources are especially useful if you find yourself searching for things on sites not accessed through the library.
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Databases for Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles
Provides citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of literature, language and linguistics, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and folklore. International in scope; coverage from 1926 to the present. Includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.
Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
Provides compilations of literary criticism. Includes the complete runs of Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.
Literature Online (ProQuest)
Features a digital library of English and American poetry, drama, and prose. Provides access to literary criticism indexed in ABELL and MLA International Bibliography and includes selective access to the full text of academic journals. Also includes full text access to a collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and biographical dictionaries.
Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Provides full text access to critical essays, work and topic overviews, texts from literary magazines, biographies, and more. Covers a wide range of authors including novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists.