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Research Strategies 2: Finding Sources: Articles

Finding Articles in Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers

Pick a database recommended for your subject from Databases by Subject and then search using keywords.

To locate the full text of an article:

  • If full-text is available in the database, click on the link to full text (HTML or PDF).
  • If full-text isn't available in the database, click the Find Text button to see if we have access to the article in another database or in print in the library
  • If no Find Text button is available or you didn't find the article through our databases, search for the magazine or journal title using the Journals tab in the library catalog.
  • If the full text isn't available through the Library, you can request an Interlibrary Loan for the article(s) that you need. However, you must allow about two weeks for this!


Types of Periodicals

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals/magazines, we can usually divide these publications into these broad categories: scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers and trade publications.

Check Ulrich's to see if a journal is peer-reviewed/referreed


Research Therapy: Types of Information Sources



Magazine VS Journals

difference between magazines and journal articles

For an accessible version of this infographic, see: http://library.csun.edu/blogs/cited/find-out-about-magazines-and-journals


Research Therapy: What's a Scholarly Article?


Research Therapy: Finding Newspapers



Trade Publications

Image of Trade Publications

  • Authors are specialists in a certain field or industry.
  • Authors often mention sources, but rarely formally cite them in bibliographies.
  • Intended audience includes people in the industry or people seeking employment in the industry.
  • There is no peer-review process.
  • Articles give practical information to people in an industry.
  • Some illustrations are included, usually charts, graphs, etc.
  • Authors use jargon of the industry.