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Finding Journal Articles in the Databases: Types of Journals and Periodicals

Use the library's databases to find academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles and so much more

Start with What Type of Articles

Your assignment is to find a journal article.

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First, determine what types of articles and sources are required for your research.

Has your professor specified:

Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • a peer-reviewed article from a scholarly, academic journal?

Try starting out in the Browse by Discipline Section of Gale Academic One File. You can choose field of interest, select a narrow subject area, and then limit your search to Peer-reviewed journals.

If you need a peer-reviewed article from a scholarly journal, you can limit your search results in most of the library's databases, like so:


Note the Refine Results menu on the side of the page. Here you can limit your results to Full-Text and Scholarly or Peer-Reviewed Journals, as well as setting a range for the Publication Date (e.g.: 2010 to 2016).


Searching Worksheet

This worksheet will help you think about what you should be searching, and put your thoughts into order.

Test Your Knowledge! Take a Quiz!

Think you've got the hang of scholarly vs. trade vs. popular journals? Take this quiz from the Ithaca College Library and find out!

Finding Newspaper Articles

  • an article or opinion piece (editorial) from a Newspaper?

The library subscribes to a variety of Newspaper databases, both current and historical.

You might want to try:

Black Newspapers (ProQuest)
Collection of primary source material essential to the study of African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts.  Examine major movements from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights.

Historical New York Times (Proquest)

A searchable Index going back to 1851.


InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale)
This full-text newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers. Provided by NOVEL-NY*


National Newspapers Premier (ProQuest)
Online access to current and back issues of the most respected national and regional newspapers from across the U.S.  Titles include The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Barrons, USA Today and many more.

National Newspaper Index (Gale) 
Provides article citations from 1977 to present for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.  Provided by NOVEL-NY*

Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
Provides cover-to-cover full-text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc.  Also contains selective full-text for more than 370 regional newspapers. In addition, full-text television and radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, NPR, etc.

New York State Newspapers (Gale)
Provided by NOVEL-NY*

New York Times (ProQuest)

Periodical Types

The University of Maine has created a handy table describing the various types of journals and articles:

Periodical Types table