Monday, November 24th, 2008...5:29 pm

Scholarly journals….what’s THAT!

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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.


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