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?
  • Most databases present you with a search box
  • Don't type in a long sentence.  "What is the effect of television violence on children?"
  • Break down your topic into keywords

    children    television    violence
     

  • In the search box type in your keywords, joining them together with AND

    children AND television AND violence
     

  • For a good explanation of searching, see Electronic Searching (Duke University)
  • All research databases contain good Help or User Guides.  They will provide details about specific search techniques.
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?
  • Most research databases have a link called "Where Can I Get This?"
  • This will tell you if the article is

    a)  Available in full text in ANY of our databases
    b)  Available in print at the UFV Library
    c)  Available to borrow from another library (called Interlibrary Loan)
     

  • You can also search for the journal title in the UFV Journals List
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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