Why use journal articles?
- They are more up-to-date than most books.
- They are “peer reviewed” by other scholars in the field who check for academic integrity.
- They are concise and usually no more than 30 pages in length.
- Every article will contain cited references that appear as footnotes and/or bibliographies.
- Print journals cannot be signed out of the library. However, many are now in electronic format. Check the date for online availability via the library catalogue.
Databases for finding journal articles
The library's databases by subject links to a list of databases you will need to find journal articles. Read the database descriptions and the individual "help" pages as each database has its own speciality/focus. Recommended databases for this course are:
Locating journals in the library
- Check the title of the journal in the catalogue by selecting “Journal Title” in the drop down menu.
- Journals may be available in print or electronic form, or both.
- The print record for a journal will have the call number, location code SER (for serial) and information about which volumes we hold including the latest issue received.
- The electronic journals have the URL as part of the record.
- If we do not have the journal you are looking for then check the University of Ottawa Library catalogue for the publication. Click on "University of Ottawa Libraries" on the left-hand menu.