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English 114/115 - A Research Guide: Find Journal Articles

About Articles

What is an article?

An article is a piece of writing found in a periodical or serial -- commonly known as magazines, newspapers, and journals. Articles are a way to up-to-date information (based on when material was published).

What is a "scholarly" article?

In order for an article to be considered "scholarly" it is vetted and approved by other scholars in the field (hence peer reviewed). The approval process can take anywhere from 6 months to a year and publishing an article in a peer reviewed journal is often a requirement of tenure for researchers and faculty.

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Where do you find scholarly articles?

Scholarly articles are found in peer review journals. You can find scholarly articles at Yale Library using:

General & Reference Databases

If you're just getting started with your research, you may want to consult a reference database or multidisciplinary​ database in order to get background information on your topic. Doing background research early will help you move forward to refine your research question.

Some examples of general databases are listed below. Try them!

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Next Step: Find Newspaper Articles

If your research topic is very current, you might need to consult newspaper articles to provide evidence. Historical newspapers are also a great way to incorporate primary source evidence into your paper.

Go to the next page (Find Newspapers) to learn about how to find and use newspaper sources.