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Library Liaisons Workshop - Research Skills II (HC)

Advanced Research Strategies and Resources Spring 2024

Why Use Journal Articles?

Scholarly journal articles are important sources of information offering:
  • Originality.  Provides new evidence and interpretations.
  • Authoritativeness.  Written by researchers for their peers.
  • Documentation.  Cites key scholarship in footnotes that you can check.
  • Reliability.  Reviewed by editors for significance and accuracy.
  • Conciseness.  Presents an argument cogently
  • Engagement.  Responds to issues and adds to an ongoing dialog.
  • Currency.  Treats issues more quickly than books due to publishing schedules

Finding Journal Articles

1) Searching by the Article Title:  ""Dammit, Jim, I'm a Muslim Woman, Not a Klingon!': Mediating the Immigrant Body in Mohja Kahf's Poetry"

      Check Tripod using the search filter Articles or Proquest Research Library where this article and many more are available full-text.

2) By the Journal Name: JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association 

      Check Tripod- Journal Search  where all journals, as well as newspapers and popular magazines, are listed by title.

         Tip: The Journal Search link is in the New Search page and also in the Advanced Search under Material Type.

3) By Broad Subject - Multi-disciplinary Databases,:

      Use these journal databases where you can apply a full range of search techniques to find scholarship on your topic.  These include choosing exact terminology, using Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT to define the relationships among search terms, and employing strategies for precise results with nesting, phrase searches, truncation, field searching, and sorting results.  See the Search Tips tab for more details.  

      These databases sometimes include magazines and newspapers.  They cover the top-tier journals but will not go into depth in the different subject areas:

ProQuest Research Library    View from Bryn Mawr    This link opens in a new window Connect from Haverford College  This link opens in a new windowConnect from Swarthmore College  This link opens in a new window

Provides citations and full-text magazine and journal articles in a wide variety of disciplines, both scholarly and popular in scope. Covers 1971-present.

JSTOR      View from Bryn Mawr This link opens in a new window   Connect from Haverford College  This link opens in a new window   Connect from Swarthmore College  This link opens in a new window  

Provides full-text and page images from many of the top journals in most academic disciplines. But note that the most recent issues of journals  (three to five years or more) are not included in JSTOR.  Use a different database if you need very current information.
Indexes scholarly journals in all fields of study.  Very current in its coverage of the latest issues published.

Finding Journal Articles (Continued)

4)  Finding Articles in Subject-Specific Databases 

Take advantage of  more in-depth coverage of topics with databases focused on a specific academic discipline.

Where to find subject-specific databases?  Check the Research Guides website which outlines the major databases by subject area.  It also includes resource lists for classes and for categories like news and government information.  The Research Guides site can be searched by word or phrase (in quotations) to find specific topics.. 

See the lists in the next column for examples of major databases in the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences.

Art & Art History

Biology and Chemistry

Environmental Studies and Public health


Politics & History

Sociology & Anthropology