Journal articles are short papers, usually written on a narrow topic area. They are part of larger issues called journals, which are published on a regular basis.
Journal articles are a great resource to use. They will cover more specific topics and go into more detail than a textbook. They also usually contain more up to date and cutting edge research than books. Many journal articles also go through the process of peer review. Watch the video in the next box to find out what peer review is and how it acts as a an extra quality control step.
The databases listed below are good starting points for searching for journal articles on specific topics.
If you are unsure which database would be the best to use, hover your cursor over the name and it will give you more information.
You will find more databases listed in the Subject Resources tab.
Use the search box below to search Google Scholar. Google Scholar is straightforward to use, and unlike regular Google will find scholarly material, including peer reviewed journal articles.