Academic or 'scholarly' journal articles are those that have been researched and authored by professional researchers or experts in a particular field.
Unlike the entertainment or news-driven information commonly found in magazines and newspapers, scholarly journals have been written with an audience of researchers and academics in mind. For research, particularly within the field of health sciences, scholarly journal articles are the leading source of information.
|Magazine Article||Journal Article|
|Topic||General or current interest||Detailed examination of professional interest|
||Professional, topical expert (qualifications required)|
|Purpose||To inform or entertain||To keep scholars current with new research|
|Audience||General public||Professional or special interest groups|
|Example||Maclean's||Nursing Science Quarterly|
Peer reviewed articles have undergone a process of evaluation by subject specific experts (peers) to ensure that information is accurate, high quality, and academically sound. Peer reviewed articles contain original research to be shared with researchers and other professionals.
Not all articles are peer reviewed. To find peer reviewed articles:
Finding Articles using Discover by Topic
Discover is a great place to start your search for research articles. For information on how to get started with Discover, navigate to the Start Your Search with Discover area of this guide. To search for articles, enter your keywords into Discover. When on the results page, select Journal Article under the Content Type selection area on the left side of the page.
Looking for Articles within a Specific Journal?
Use Humber Libraries' Journal Holdings search (or Discover, by searching for the Journal title) to confirm whether a specific publication is available.
Suggested Databases for Advanced Searching
While Discover searches a wide range of the library's collection, a search within a specific database offers advanced search functionality. If your results in Discover are too broad or unfocused, try some of the suggested databases on this page.
Tip: Not all journal databases function in the same way Discover does. If you're struggling to use any library resources, or can't seem to find the right information, contact the library for help.
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