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BUILD IT Express

A short version of the Bellevue University Information Literacy Development Interactive Tutorial aka BUILD IT

LOCATING ARTICLES

The  Library subscribes to over 46,000 current periodicals.  Though we have print periodicals, the vast majority are electronic.

This page will walk you through the steps to finding journal articles for all your assignments.

HOW TO FIND ARTICLES

Most of our journal subscriptions are accessed through the library databases, though there are some journals that we subscribe to individually. See the A-Z JOURNALS LIST  tab for details on how to access specific journals

  • ProQuest and EBSCOhost are the largest of the journal databases.  Journal articles are also found in JSTORMasterFile Complete, and other databases. To access these databases, go to the Databases page.
  • ProQuest contains many subject-specific databases.  You can search them all simultaneously by clicking on ProQuest, or choose just the one you need. One important thing you should know is that the business-focused ProQuest database, ABI/INFORM Complete, is not listed under the other ProQuest databases.
  • EBSCOhost also contains other smaller collections, but the largest are Academic Source Complete, a multidisciplinary database, and Business Source Ultimate. They can be searched simultaneously by selecting EBSCOhost from the list of databases.

Now it is time to put this into practice by doing a search for articles on global warming AND climate changeAcademic Search Complete (from EBSCOhost) is a good place to start.  Using the advanced search screen, set up you search like this:

Be sure to mark the Full Text and Scholarly(Peer Reviewed) Journals optionsYou will now get a list of complete articles about global warming from academic journals.

A-Z Journal List is  an index of all the periodicals the library has access to, all types, all formats.  It is a very handy tool if you are trying to find a specific journal or if you have a citation for an article, but don't know what database it might be in. Just type in the title of the journal, not the article, and it will tell you if we have it, the dates of availability, and location. If it is in an online database, you can then hyperlink right to it. See short video below for a demonstration.

Alternately, you may use Browzine to locate and view journal articles. See side panel for more about this.

If the journal you need is not in one of the databases but one that we subscribe to individually, it will say Bellevue University Single Online Subscription. Clicking on this will take you to the journal's website where you have been authenticated through the Bellevue University Library. Some journals are open access, which means they are free to use. As a convenience, a link is provided to it.

Scholarly journals are published by academic organizations and their main purpose is to report research in the field. They publish articles from experts in the field and are directed toward an academic audience. Peer reviewed (refereed) journals publish articles that have undergone review by a panel of scholars in the field before being accepted for publication.

All peer reviewed journals are scholarly,
but not all scholarly journals are peer reviewed

The journal databases all have a Scholarly Journals option. Mark this option before you search. In EBSCOhost, you will notice that this limiter is called Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. This is a bit confusing as it actually means scholarly journals, including peer reviewed, so your results list will include articles from peer reviewed journals and also articles from scholarly journals that are not peer reviewed. However, once you choose an article, click on the title of the article to see the indexing,then click on the title of the journal for a description. This will tell you what kind of publication it is.

Another way to determine whether the scholarly article that you chose is peer reviewed is to check it in Ulrichsweb. This periodical directory is listed on our A-Z Database List. Enter the name of the journal and read the description, or mouse over the icon next to the title, to determine if it is scholarly (academic) or peer reviewed (refereed). 

WHAT ABOUT DISCOVERY SEARCH?

There is one more way to find articles and it is a great way to do it because it will search nearly all the databases simultaneously 

There are a few tricks you need to know though to get good results. 
Find out what they are on the next page, DISCOVERY SEARCH.