Finding Journal Articles Traci Welch Moritz Public Services Librarian Assistant Professor Heterick Memorial Library
Figure out which journals are germane to your majorFind out how to access those journalsFind out how to manage what you findFind out how to track referencesLeave with an article
The means by which individuals engaged in academic research and creative endeavor inform their peers, formally or informally, of the work they are engaged in or have accomplished. Following a tradition that began with the Academy in ancient Athens, scholars communicate by writing monographs and journal articles for publication, presenting conference papers that may subsequently be published in proceedings and transactions, submitting reports in fulfillment of grant requirements, creating and maintaining Web sites for the academic community, and corresponding with peers via e-mail and electronic mailing lists. Broadly defined, the process includes not only the creation and dissemination of scholarly works but also evaluation of quality (peer review) and preservation for future use. One of the goals of academic libraries is to facilitate scholarly communication in all its forms.
What is a periodical?Periodicals are publications which are: Issued at regular intervals (usually) Are also often referred to as serials Composed of a collection of articles, which may range from a single page story in a newspaper to a 40 page study in a scholarly journal.
Wire Services Internet/ web sitesPeriodicalsBooks
Periodical means the same as MagazineUsually magazines are more “popular” Journals Scholarly or Professional Peer reviewed See Research Guide for HONR 231 for this and other Handouts
Periodicals are numerous (212,140) Growth enhanced by online publishing – 56,329 online pubs. in Ulrich’s A “volatile” format • Periodicals merge • Publications cease • Frequency of publication can change • Volume/ issue numbering can change • Titles change
British Medical Journal (1857 – 1987) BMJ – 1988 - Present“We are not amused.”
Whatare the top 5 journals in your field? Where is the “body of work” published? Where is a good place to begin? • Ask your advisor • Discipline Associations Several options from here • Research Guide • Library catalog • Library journal finder • Library current periodicals
Type in disciplineIe pharmacy orinternationaltheaterSelect “periodicals”from drop downmenu
Click on issue youwish to browse andthen on the title ofthe particular article
Depends on the database where article is indexed the best way to go about this project. • EbscoHost product, click on “cited references” • EJC, check to see if reference listed at end of article • JSTOR and others, need an option Secondary option: Google Scholar
•Always check to see what isavailable at an external site andwhat that availability entails•May need to ILL as you shouldnever have to pay for any articles
Head back to POLAR and look up the title to see years available • Some may be available full text from other database or available in print • Starting at Heterick is still the BEST way www.scholar.google.com -- secondary source to see whether you have free access to the references
Search for article title in scholar “Find it with OLINKs” or “OhioLINK Olinks” will display automatically on campus For off campus display, set your preferences in GS by entering “Ohio Northern University” in the box marked “institutional access” If you have a gmail account, you’ll only need to do this once Go ahead and select Refworks as your bibliography manager