To locate articles, you have two basic choices:
physically flip through journal issues and look at the tables of contents
search an index that compiles information about articles from many journals.
It is definitely more efficient to use an index.
Types of periodicals and suggested indexes:
- What type (scholarly, trade, or popular) of periodical is the most appropriate for your purpose? Each time you look for articles your requirements will probably be different.
- Look back at the list of terms, synonyms, and alternate spellings that you compiled in Define Your Topic and look through the kinds of indexes or databases that are available. Decide which index or database to start with.
- Scholarly aka Research aka Peer-Reviewed Periodicals
- If you have ever heard of the distinction between a Journal and a Magazine, these are Journals
- In order to be accepted for publication, articles in a peer-reviewed journal must be reviewed by a group, most often anonymous, of peers in the field. The reviewers are not agreeing or disagreeing with the article, but reviewing the methodology to be sure that it is sound. This is the only category of periodical where this review is required.
- Include reports of original research, review articles, and information aimed at experts in the field
- Include footnotes and cited references
- Use the jargon and language of the field
- May be published by specific professional organizations and societies
- Academic Search Premier is an example of an index that covers scholarly periodicals across all topics. It is updated daily and includes full-text coverage from 1990 - present and indexing and abstracting from 1984 - present.
- Proquest also updates daily with coverage from 1970 forward and covers all topics including scholarly and research periodicals.
- UlrichsWeb provides detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on serials published throughout the world and links users to alternate titles and media formats of related serials.
- To locate journals by title try the OSU Library Catalog Journal Title Search or search our list of full text journals here.
- Trade aka Professional Periodicals
- If you have ever heard of the distinction between a Journal and a Magazine, these are probably Magazines
- Are intended to identify and report on trends and concerns about an industry or segment of an industry
- Most do not include original research reports
- Most report industry news, include job advertisements, buyer's guides, pertinent legislative information, and practical articles
- Factiva is an example of an index that covers all topics, although it specializes in business and the business aspects of other industries. It is updated daily and includes coverage of many trade journals.
- Popular aka General Periodicals
- If you have ever heard of the distinction between a Journal and a Magazine, these are Magazines
- Many of these are for sale in the grocery store or at the newsstand
- Provide short, timely, easily understood information
- Often do not include information substantive enough for research papers
- Proquest covers all topics and includes scholarly, trade, and popular periodicals.
- Academic Search Premier covers all topics and includes scholarly, trade, and popular periodicals.
- When you find an article that you want to read, make sure that you print out or write down all the information that you'll need to locate it. Include: article author, article title, journal title, journal volume, journal issue number, article pages, journal date, and index name. You can use Article Linker to see if OSU has a full text subscription to a journal or a paper subscription, or to request a copy of the article from Interlibrary Services document delivery.
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