Finding Magazine or Journal Articles on Your Topic

As you learned in the section on finding books on your topic, the Todd Library catalog will help you find books and titles of magazines or journals that the library owns. The catalog will NOT help you find out who published a particular article on your topic, in what issue it was published or on what pages it appeared. For this task, your time will be better spent searching in an article database. What is an article database? Article databases and periodical indexes help you find articles from magazines or journals related to your topic. Electronic article databases allow you to type in search words and will show you information about articles that contain those words. Some may include the full text (with or without the graphics) of articles while others provide only a citation for the article. Article databases generally cover a variety of periodicals (publications that come out on a predictable schedule). Examples of the types of materials covered include:

  • newspapers which are generally published daily or weekly
  • magazines which are usually published weekly or monthly
  • journals which may be published weekly, monthly or quarterly