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Journals & Databases. Popular Magazines. Aimed at a general audience Published frequently (weekly) Wide scope of coverage (entertainment, hobbies, amateur science) Background on significant events Easily located at newsstands & book stores. Trade publications.

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Popular magazines
Popular Magazines

  • Aimed at a general audience

  • Published frequently (weekly)

  • Wide scope of coverage (entertainment, hobbies, amateur science)

  • Background on significant events

  • Easily located at newsstands & book stores


Trade publications
Trade publications

  • Aimed at workers in a specific industry, occupation or profession.

  • Covers minute detail of interest to that industry.

  • Controlled circulation (subscription only) with targeted advertising to that industry.


Peer reviewed refereed scholarly
Peer reviewed/Refereed/Scholarly

  • Articles examined by people with credentials.

  • Often has Journal, Review or Research in the name.

  • Controlled circulation, usually subscription only


Peer reviewed
Peer reviewed

  • Assumes specialised prior knowledge

  • Often original research or theory

  • Sources always cited.


How not to find journal articles
How not to find journal articles

  • Catalogue

    • only gives you call number or link

    • does not provide article level of detail.

  • Browse through shelves

    • print collection is small percentage of available titles.

    • only current 10 years is on shelf.


Finding journal articles
Finding journal articles

  • Databases: Collection of references that may be searched with keywords.

    • Federated databases (search multiple companies simultaneously)

    • Individual databases (better limits through their search interface)


Why didn t i get full text
Why didn’t I get full text?

  • No subscription to that journal

  • Embargo – a period of time a journal is unavailable in full text, between 3-12 months.

  • No full text available

    • too old