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BUSN/ECON 380: Research Methods in Economics/Business

Finding Journal Articles

Journal Indexes

Indexes tell you who published what - and give you citations with the information you need to find or order the article.Indexes do not always give you the full text.

Statistical Sources

Scholarly or Not?

Scholarly Journals and Popular Magazines/Newspapers

Scholarly Journals

  • Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review process.
  • Articles usually report original scholarly research.
  • Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.

Popular Magazines (Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone)

  • Authors are free lance writers or magazine staff members.
  • Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
  • There is no peer review process. Articles are reviewed by editors or publishers.
  • Articles are meant to inform and entertain an educated audience.
  • Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).


How to Get to Articles: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Gather citations.

Find citations in books or articles with bibliographies.

2. Search using the "Article Title."

3. Search using the journal or magazine title.

4. Try Western Michigan University, for the full-text.

5. No luck? Interlibrary Loan to the rescue!


Sample Article Citation:

Citation with article title and journal title highlighted.