Finding Academic Journal Articles
Key Characteristics of an Academic Journal
- approach is scholarly / theoretical rather than practical / applied.
Articles make significant contribution to research in the area
- subject area typically well-defined in front or back pages of each issue.
- articles are properly referenced (footnotes, endnotes and/or bibliography)
- articles typically selected by an editorial board comprised of peers (usually indicated inside the front cover)
- presence of the word "JOURNAL" in the title usually a good indication
- category does NOT include newspapers, popular magazines, trade publications, etc.
- typically maintains its own editorial standards/style guide for submissions
- typically no pictures; very few advertisements (if any); not glossy.
Three Modes of Access:
Library Catalogue (All formats)
- McMaster subscribes to thousands of electronic journals
- List (with hotlinks) available via the library''s e-Journal Portal.
- Library Catalogue records also indicate if an electronic version is available to authorized McMaster users
- Electronic versions are sometimes limited runs (eg. rolling 12 months only). Period of coverage listed on the site.
Databases (e.g., Business Source Complete, CPI.Q, etc.)
- provide access to hundreds of articles in journals
- claim to be full text, but are usually "selective" in some ways
- maintain large backfiles and robust search engines
- all available via Library Catalogue or the Databases search
August 30, 2007