An Online Tutorial Taking You Through the Steps of the Library Research Process Journals

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  5. Trying it on for Size
  6. Don't Shoplift!


A journal is a collection of articles usually written by scholars in an academic or professional field. An editorial board of subject specialists reviews articles to decide whether they should be accepted. Scholarly journal articles usually present original research findings.  In fact, they are a primary method scholars use to communicate with one another.  Since journals are published on a regular or periodic basis they are grouped in the category called "periodicals."

Journals can be located online through one of the MCC Library's Databases.  Be careful, though, because many of the databases cover both popular magazines and scholarly journals.  You need to be able to distinguish between the two.  Some databases will allow you to limit your search results to peer-reviewed or scholarly journals.  This is not a full-proof system, however.  The best bet is to learn the features of different types of periodicals and practice applying them.  Our Distinguishing Periodicals Chart will help you do this.

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