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- Journal articles are short summaries of scholarly topics or research, come in different types, and can be peer-reviewed.
- Search for journal articles Primo Search and subject specific databases.
- Find subject-relevant journal titles on the Journals & Articles tab of your subject guide or course/program guide
- Search Primo for individual journal article titles and request electronic copies of journal articles CUW doesn’t have online.
Related Guides: Find Specific Articles or Journals
Types of Journal Articles
This video covers tips for finding peer reviewed articles and how to determine if a journal article is peer reviewed.
Is this a Peer Reviewed journal Article? (2 min)
Note: not every article in a peer-reviewed journal is a research article. In a database look for Document Type. Most assignments will require #1 and/or #2
- Look for: words like “study”, “design” “experiment” or “analysis” in the abstract
- Common sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion
- Look for: summary of multiple articles on a topic
- Long page lengths
- Sections organized by themes
- Looks for: terms like “concepts”, “framework”, “model”, “theoretical foundation”, and “perspectives” in the abstract or title
- Difficult to read and understand
- Look for: reference to another publication, person, or event
- Not scholarly
- very short page length
- Look for: a description of a unique situation or events
- More common in medicine, business, social sciences
- May be too unique to be applicable to a larger population.
Find articles by topic
- Use Download PDF or Read Article links on the left under the article information, if available.
- Click Online in green and choose and database link from the list.