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The articles found in many scholarly journals go through a "peer-review" process. In other words, the articles are checked by academics and other experts. The information is therefore reliable. As well as containing scholarly information, journal articles can include reports and/or reviews of current research and topic-specific information.
Use scholarly journals when you need original research on a topic; articles and essays written by scholars or subject experts; factual documented information to reinforce a position; or references lists that point you to other relevant research. Scholarly journals take less time to publish than books, but the peer-review process can be lengthy.
Popular articles found in magazines are often written by journalist or professional writers for a general audience. They tend to be shorter than scholarly journal articles and rarely give full citations for sources. Popular articles from magazines are helpful if you want background on a topic that is new to you or very current information.
Search for Articles in Multiple Journals at Once
Databse A-Z List
If you would like to search for articles in more than one journal at the same time, search one of the article databases. Limit to a specific subject for even more precise results.
Library Doesn't Have Your Article?
- Need the article in 1-3 days? Use Interlibrary Loan. Many articles are delivered electronically to your desktop within 24 hours. For print items, you'll be notified by email when your item is available.
- Need it NOW? Search Prospector (regional catalog) to determine if the journal is owned by a regional library in traveling distance. Call ahead to determine the journal's availability and to see if you need a flash drive, money for a copier, etc. at that library. Or, order the article for a fee using a delivery service such as the publisher's website, Linda Hall Library, Infotrieve, or Ingenta.
Off Campus? Access Is Easy!
Search Google Scholar
Note: To Identify Yourself as Colorado School of Mines User:
- go to Settings at the the top of the Google Scholar search screen
- select Library links
- Search for "Colorado School of Mines" and click Save.
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