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BUSN/ECON 380: Research Methods in Business/Economics

Finding Journal Articles

Best Business/Econ Databases

What if you don't see the full-text?

You can request articles from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan. Look for a link in the database--or fill in the request yourself.

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: Step-by-Step Guide

1. Gather citations.

Find citations in books or articles with bibliographies.

Find an Index or Database in your Subject Area -
Some of these tools are full-text and will lead you to articles, other times you'll just find a citation.

2. Search using the "Article Title."

3. Search using the journal or magazine title.

4. No luck? Interlibrary Loan to the rescue!


Sample Article Citation:

Citation with article title and journal title high