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How do I find out if the library has a certain journal?

The library subscribes to a large number of magazines, journals, and newspapers in electronic format, as well as maintaining a print collection of periodicals. All of these items can be searched by using the Journals tab on the library homepage.


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If the library subscribes to the journal that you searched for, a listing will appear which shows the years of coverage and available sources of the full-text of this journal. For online electronic journals, the name(s) of the research database(s) which includes the full-text of this journal will be listed. More than one database might be listed if the library has access to this journal in more than one online source, although the dates of coverage of each separate database may vary. If the library subscribes to this journal in print, the years of print availability will also be listed.


To browse the online full-text of this journal, click on the link of the database name which includes the full-text of this journal. For example, Journal of Nursing Scholarship is available online in two databases. If you click on the link for CINAHL, you will get a listing of all the available online issues of this journal, which you can then browse to find the issue or specific article you want. Or you can click on the "Look up article" link to search directly for one specific article. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to enter your name and library barcode number (14 digit number on your Salve ID card) before you are allowed to access any electronic journal.

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How do I browse available journals by topic?

At the Journals webpage, there is a subject drop-down menu that allows you to browse journals by topic.


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What is the difference between a scholarly academic journal and a popular magazine?

Scholarly academic journals (such as Journal of Advanced Nursing or Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, for example) usually include longer articles, providing in-depth analysis of topics, and are written by professors or other experts in the field. The credentials and scholarly affiliations of the author(s) are usually listed. Scholarly journal articles are often divided into standard sections such as abstract, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, and bibliography (works cited). For scholarly journals, articles are peer-reviewed or critically examined and evaluated prior to publishing by a group of scholars or editors who are experts in their field. Popular magazines (such as Newsweek or Sports Illustrated, for example) are usually written by staff journalists, who write articles of varying format and structure in language meant for a general audience. Popular magazines will tend to incude advertising and color pictures rather than scholarly charts and graphs.

To find scholarly articles, try searching Academic Search Complete which is one of the library's general periodical indexes with many full-text articles. This database provides a limiting function to find only peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals. On the search page, check off the box labeled "Peer-reviewed". Other databases that provide scholarly articles include Omnifile and JSTOR. These databases and many others can be accessed from the Databases A-Z list.

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There doesn't seem to be any full-text available either online or in print for the journal or article I need. What should I do now?

If you have checked the Journals list and are sure that the journal or article you need is not available either online or in print at the library, then you can request the article by Interlibrary loan. Fill out the Interlibary loan online article request form.

What is a citation?

A citation is the information which identifies a book or article. Information for a book usually includes the author, title, publisher, city of publication, and date. The citation for an article usually includes the author, title of the article, title of the journal, volume, issue, pages, and date.

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Need more help? Call the Info Desk at 401-341-2289.

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Video tutorial: Find a specific article

Video tutorial: Find articles using Academic Search Complete

Video tutorial: Using JSTOR to find scholarly articles