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4: Articles

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Where and how do I get relevant articles?

Articles are found in periodicals, which are publications issued at regular intervals, such as academic journals, magazines, and newspapers.

The Emmaus Library provides you with access to the articles in these types of periodicals through physical copies (located next to the children's rooms) and through electronic databases such as EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost is a platform that makes searching for the articles you need much quicker than flipping through journal after journal trying to find something relevant to your topic.

How do I choose a database?

1. When you select the EBSCOhost link, you will be taken to a list of EBSCOhost services. For college students, select the first option, EBSCOhost Web.

2. This will take you to a list of database options. Read the detailed descriptions on this page to choose the appropriate database(s) based on the topic you are researching. You can select multiple databases to search at the same time by clicking the checkboxes next to the database titles.

3. For recommendations on which databases to choose, see the appropriate Research Guide or ask a librarian.

Article Formats

Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:
  • Index: Includes only the article citation (author, title, date, etc.).  Neither a summary nor the full-text of the article are available.
  • Abstract: Includes the citation and a summary of the article's content. It does not include the full-text article.
  • Full-text: Includes the citation and full-text article. This may be in HTML, .pdf, or both formats.

Types of Periodicals

On the search page of the database you're using, look for the options to limit your results by scholarly journal, peer-reviewed journals, industry publications, or other similar options.

Here's a brief overview of the types of periodicals you'll run into:

Academic journals  

(also known as scholarly, refereed, or peer-reviewed journals)
Written for academics and professionals

Written by researchers or scholars in the field

Examples: The Christian Education Journal, Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Trade magazines

(also known as industry magazines)

Written for industry professionals

Written by staff writers or industry professionals

Example: Clavier Companion

General interest magazines  

Written for the general public

Written by staff or freelance writers

Includes current events and special features

Example: Christianity Today

Written for the general public

Written by staff writers and freelance journalists

Includes current events and special features

Examples: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Portions of this page taken from Johnson & Wales University.

Open Access Journals

Open access journals provide unrestricted, free access via the internet to peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles.

Check out the Research Guides for links to databases with open access journal articles.

What do I do if the full-text of the article isn't available?

1. Write down the citation of the article in it's entirety.
Example: Sarot, Marcel. "Pastoral Counseling and the Compassionate God." Pastoral Psychology 43.3 (1995): 185-190.

2. Check the Emmaus catalog to see if we have this journal. 
Example: Search Pastoral Psychology as a title.  If the title of the journal is listed with a REF call number, the Emmaus library as copies of this journal.

3. Go to the back of the library and find the journal in the bound journals section. Journals are organized alphabetically by title.
  • The most current issue of journals and magazines are on the display shelves by the children's rooms.
  • If the journal article you're looking for is from a year other than the current year, it's likely to be in the bound journals section.

4. Once you've found the shelves that have the journal title, look for the volume and/or year on the spine of the journal.

5. Once you've found the volume, look inside for the correct issue; within the issue, find the page numbers you're looking for.

6. Although these journals cannot be taken out of the library, you're welcome to make a copy of the article on the copy machine for 10 cents per page.

Note: In the event that Emmaus does not have the journal or specific volume you're looking for and you're fairly confident that the article would be key for your paper, email Mr. Rush with the entire citation and ask if he can get the article from another library. 

The turnaround time for this is usually a day or two, so don't wait until the last minute!