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HIST 259: The History of France, 1815-Present: Finding Journal Articles

Databases

Scholarly or Popular?

Types of Periodicals

Scholarly Journals (American Journal of Chinese Studies)

  • 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.
  • Most illustrations are charts, figures, or graphs.
  • Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.

Popular Magazines (Newsweek or Time)

  • 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.
  • Illustrations are numerous and colorful.
  • 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.