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By using this guide and the recommended resources, you will learn how knowledge is created and organized. You will discover how different disciplines conduct research and create new knowledge.
Each College, Department and Program on campus has an assigned Subject Specialist Librarian. These librarians can help you locate journals in your discipline, locate articles on specific topics, request articles that are not available in the library's collections, and more. You can make an appointment to meet with a librarian in person or over the phone. Some librarians may be able to accommodate online appointments.
Locating scholarly articles using a library database:
Each discipline or field of study has a corresponding library database that contains scholarly articles. To locate the relevant scholarly article database for your field of student, consult
Below is a list of sample scholarly journals for various disciplines.
What is a trade/practitioner publication? A trade publication reports news about an industry or profession. Some examples of trade publications are Chemical Week, Aviation Week, and Advanced Materials & Processes.
Locating trade/practitioner publications:
The first two databases listed below contain a substantial number of articles from trade publications.
Here are some online videos, handouts, tutorials and other resources that can help you navigate the library and its resources and services.
Need help finding scholarly articles? These videos show you how to use Summon and Google Scholar to search for and connect to full-text scholarly journal articles.
1. I cannot find a journal for my discipline
2. How do I find scholarly articles?
3. I cannot find enough on my topic.
You may want to start with online blogs, professional association sites and social media to understand the current conversations within a discipline.You can then use the information to find relevant articles and authoritative scholars.
Try some of these:
Types of articles
Scholarly journals do not only publish empirical research articles. The scholarship may also be presented as theoretical analysis or humanities research. Other types of articles include literature reviews, meta-analysis, guest articles, book reviews, and perspective, editorials and commentary. It is important that you are able to distinguish among these different types of articles, which each serve a purpose in communication among scholars and professionals.
Following are examples of these different types of articles.