This tutorial covers:
- What are journal articles?
- What types of articles are in academic/scholarly journals?
- How do I find journal articles by: article title, journal title, or database?
- How do I request articles the library doesn’t own?
What are Journal articles?
Journal articles are one of the ways researchers share information with the rest of the world. This video covers what peer review is and how to find peer reviewed articles.
Types of Journal Articles
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.
Finding articles by Subject/Topic
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Find Articles by Journal Title
For some articles you will have to located the journal first to find the article.
- Journals can be in print, microfilm, or online formats.
- CUW Library print/paper journals are located in the South Wing.
- CUW students can also request print journal articles from SWITCH Libraries.
You must know the journal title, article title, year, volume, issue, and pages of the article before requesting/finding a print article. This is often in a citation:
Brunero, S., Cowan, D., & Fairbrother, G. (2008). Reducing emotional distress in nurses using cognitive behavioral therapy: A preliminary program evaluation. Journal of Nursing Science, 5(2), 109-115.
Article scans from print journals from SWITCH libraries can also be requested via Primo.
- Use the advanced search to search for the journal title, with material type Journals in SWITCH Libraries.
On the Journal page, click Switch Request.
2. Fill out the form and click Send Request. Be sure to select Digital article for format.
If the article you need is available, your request will appear in your Library Account under “My requests”.
Most databases have journal articles. Find database suggestions on your Subject Guide’s Databases tab. Many subject guides also have Journals & Articles tab as well.
Find Subject Guides in the drop down menu in the primary menu for this website.
Finding Journal Articles in Databases
Almost all databases have some journal articles. Databases are organized by subject and include descriptions of the types of items they have. Students must choose the right database based on the description. Click the name to open the database and search.
Here’s an example of a database from our list Databases A-Z. The important words are highlighted and bold:
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 7,000 full-text periodicals, including nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,000 journals and a total of more than 11,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
This database is:
- Subject: multi-disciplinary
- Full-text and Index only items (not everything is full-text)
- Scholarly and peer-reviewed items
- Types of documents included: articles, journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings