Why Use Articles?

  • Obtain more precise information
  • Find up-to-date information
  • Discover new research in the subject area

Scholarly Journals vs Popular Magazines

It is important to be able to make the distinction between articles from scholarly (peer-reviewed) , , and popular magazines. Verify what type you will need for your assignment.

For help see the comparison chart.

Tip: You will often come across the word periodical. This is simply a publication that is produced on a ¨periodical¨ basis and may appear on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. Newspapers, journals and magazines are types of periodicals.


How to find articles using the library databases

It may be difficult to distinguish between a scholarly and a popular article when you see them in electronic form.  Our databases allow you to limit your search to academic or peer-reviewed articles. Remember to have identified your keywords before you start. For information on the use of subject terms read the Using Subject Headings page.

  • Academic Search Elite  Access to over 2,100 full text journals and magazines, more than 1,700 of which are peer-reviewed.  Covers American, British and Canadian titles in the fields of humanities, sciences and social sciences.
  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs   Contains articles from a variety of Canadian magazines, journals and some  peer-reviewed journals.
  • ProQuest Research Library   Access to articles from scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, magazines and trade journals covering a wide range of academic subjects.

Where to find articles on the web

  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals  Free fulltext, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Managed by the Lund University Libraries
  • Érudit Francophone and Canadian peer-reviewed journals. Free access to articles published more than two years ago.
  • Persée  Access to scholarly journals from France in the areas of social and human sciences (in French). The majority of the articles are  full text.




A publication that contains a collection of articles, along with other material such as letters to the editor or book reviews.
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A periodical that is a collection of articles and news written for a profession or trade.
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