Scholarly Journals are magazines that publish new findings, research and commentary from people in the academic field of study. Unlike popular magazines (like People or Sports Illustrated) scholarly journals have few photographs, have longer articles with in-depth analysis, and often treat a narrow element of a larger subject. Articles like this are excellent sources for papers and projects. Examples include The New England Journal of Medicine or the Journal of American History.

These journals and their articles are indexed and cataloged and made available to students electronically through subscription databases.

What does that mean?

It means that searching for the articles you need is as easy as searching Google!

The databases organize the articles in academic journals and magazines so they can be searched in a variety of ways, including by author, by subject and by keywords. And unlike the open internet and Google, these articles have been through a rigorous selection process by a team of experts (also called peer review). This means they have some authority and authenticity–unlike Wikipedia.

A good place to start your search is with Academic Search Complete. This is a large, general database that covers many topics and provides plenty of full-text articles.

The databases are available on the John Tyler Library website to anyone with an internet connection and a MyTyler login. Research can be done from anywhere! If you are having any trouble, just drop by the library. The Library staff are always happy to help.

Written by Suzanne

Suzanne has loved books from an early age, and remembers reading her 24 volume World Book Encyclopedia set when she ran out of novels. Now that she works in a library, she will never run out of reading material again! Suzanne is a recent MLS graduate who loves working with students and technology.

This article has 8 comments

  1. Alice

    Hiya!. Thanks for the info. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but there is so much out there. Yahoo lead me here – good for you i guess! Keep up the great information. I will be popping back over in a few days to see if there is any more info.

  2. Suzanne

    To subscribe, I recommend using a RSS reader. Google Reader is popular, and comes with your Gmail account (look for the link to READER at the top when you log in to gmail.) Paste our link into the MANAGE SUBSCRIPTIONS field. Hope that helps!

  3. Suzanne

    Library databases should be every student’s go-to resource for academic research. Simple, efficient, open 27/7….plus excellent articles.

    Get an A!

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