Scholarly journal articles can be found in the library databases and on the open web.
If you are searching the library databases, you can use the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to search multiple databases at one time. Or, you can use the search tools in a particular subject database to locate the articles. Most of these search interfaces have limiters which will allow you to limit your search to academic journals. In most cases, the library databases contain the citation and abstract information as well as the full text of the article. If the full-text is not available in the database, you can submit an interlibrary loan request to receive that article.
If you are searching for scholarly articles on the open web, you can use Google Scholar. This web search engine will retrieve citations (metadata) and, in many cases, the full text of the scholarly journal articles. The Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, these and dissertations, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature including court opinions and patents.Google Scholar's legal database of US cases is extensive. Users can read published opinions of US state appellate and supreme court cases since 1950. Since Google Scholar strives to include as many journals as possible, beware of predatory journals. Be sure you are using the best, most credible information for your research by evaluating the scholarly journals you find on the open web.
Discover the library's electronic resources with a deep dive into our databases. Learn how to expand and limit your search and get tips for improving your research.
When searching databases, you can conduct a more effective search by using the operators OR, AND and NOT to expand or narrow your search.