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 or watch the following video Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals courtesy of Peabody Library, Vanderbilt University.

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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