Journal articles -- also known as "scholarly articles," "peer-reviewed articles," or "academic articles" -- are sources that are written and reviewed by scholars; this means the information is approved by other experts before publication.
When and Why You Should Use Journal Articles:
Remember: Journal articles can sometimes feel dense or intense. Look for visual cues (headings, sections, bullets, charts/graphs) within articles to help guide you to relevant information. Need help? Check out this Anatomy of a Scholarly Article tutorial.
These are subject-specific databases, meaning they contain sources focused on one discipline -- unlike the Library Search which contains many. For some researchers, searching in a subject-specific database is more efficient and less overwhelming than searching in the Library Search. You decide your preference.
Looking for articles that focus on broader topics related to literature, such as gender, race, psychology, and sexuality? Try using the sources below.
Tip #1: Focus your search on three keyword concepts: Author, Text, and Topic. See examples below:
Tip #2: Combine your keywords in meaningful ways. See examples below:
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