Finding Journal and Magazine Articles
What is a periodical?
What is the difference between a "journal" and a "magazine"?
Why use Journal Articles in your research?
How can I find journal and magazine articles?
How do I search in a research database?
What information will the database give me?
How can I find out if the article is available at the UFV Library?
How can I locate a print periodical in the UFV Library?
|What is a periodical?|
- A periodical is a publication published periodically, or at regular intervals such as weekly, monthly or quarterly. Journals, magazines and newspapers are all types of periodicals.
|What is the difference between a "journal" and a "magazine"?|
- Journals articles are written for and by scholars and communicate the latest academic research in a field.
- Magazine articles are written for the general public and restate information in a simplified form.
- For a good explanation, see Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines
|Why use Journal Articles in your research?|
- Contain very current information
- Report the latest primary research and the important developments in a field
- Are the medium of communication for scholars
- Contain lengthy bibliographies of related research
- Contain information on narrow, specific topics
|How can I find journal and magazine articles?|
- The best method is to use Research databases
- Research databases allow you to find individual articles in many ways, including searching by keywords or subject words
- See our Research Databases gateway.
- Research databases may cover a specific subject area, like SportDISCUS, or cover a wide range of topics, like Academic Search Premier.
- Some databases only include scholarly journals, while other may concentrate on popular magazines.
- It is important to pick a research database which fits your topic area and needs. Having problems? Contact us for help.
- You can search the research databases from home.
- Most of our databases are on the Internet. If you are looking for older articles, a librarian might help you use one of our older Print format article indexes. For example, Canadian Periodical Index goes back to the 1920's.
|How do I search in a research database?|
|What information will the research database give me?|
- Research databases provide a citation to the article, such as author, title of article, journal article and date. See Understanding Citations (Duke University)
- Some databases provide a descriptive summary or abstract of the article
- Some databases also provide the entire article, called the full text. This may be in either HTML or PDF format.
|How can I find out if the article is available at the UFV Library?|
|How can I locate a print periodical in the UFV Library?|
- At UFV, print journals and magazines, known as periodicals, are shelved in a separate section of the library. Look for the sign "Magazines / Journals" over the shelves. The periodicals are arranged alphabetically (A-Z) by the title, starting with titles such as "Advertising Age" and ending with "Visual Merchandising".
- All of our print AND electronic journal title holdings are listed in the UFV Journals List
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