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Kirk Library subscribes to many online databases to support learning and research needs of Centralia College student, faculty, and staff. To access these databases when you are off the college campus, you will need to log in with your student/employee number and last name to validate that you are a current Centralia College student or employee.
This page will showcase the online article databases wherein you can find articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, etc. For a full listing of all of our online databases, go to Research Databases.
Article databases are also called periodical databases. "Periodical" is a term that is used for any publication that is published at regular scheduled times, such as daily, weekly, monthly, etc. You will be able to find articles from newspapers, magazines, trade and professional publications, and scholarly journals in the following databases.
Tip: Each database has its own unique collection of periodicals that it covers. There is only a small amount of overlap between databases, so you should always search in more than one database.
1Start your search in the multidiscipline article databases.
Multidiscipline databases provide comprehensive content in every academic discipline and subject.
- Search for articles in more than 13,600 periodicals (full text available for over 4,700 periodicals). Covers a wide range of popular academic subjects, such as literature, controversial issues, business, health & medicine, psychology, sociology, law, religion, philosophy, media studies, and many more.
- Search for extensive news coverage from over 2,500 local, national, and international newspapers and more than 2,000 magazines, journals, and newsletters. Content includes wire services from the Associated Press and broadcast transcripts from major TV and radio networks, such as NPR, ABC News, CBS News, and CNN.
2Focus your search in the subject specific databases.
Subject specific databases focus their content to periodicals that are relevant to a specific subject or discipline.
Searching for a Specific Article
If you have a citation to an article that you want to find and read, here are the steps to find it in our online databases.
1You will need to know:
- Periodical Title (e.g. New York Times, Journal of Medicine, etc.)
- Article Title
- Publish Date
2Search for the Periodical Title in our E-Journal Portal.
3If you periodical title is listed in the results page:
- Check the dates that full text is available in each of the databases.
- Click on the database that will have your article within the date range that full text is available.
- Find the article in the database.
4If you periodical title is not listed in the results page:
- Check to make sure you spelled the periodical title correctly.
- Request an interlibrary loan for the article.
Types of Articles
Articles are most commonly found among four different types of periodicals (any publication that is published at regular scheduled times, such as daily, weekly, monthly, etc.): newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and scholarly journals.
The range of quality, depth, and reliability among these articles are huge. Understanding the differences between the types of articles will help you determine what you should use for your research paper.
The focus of newspaper articles is to report the facts of an event and to keep people up-to-date on current issues and topics. Written by journalists and reporters, these articles tend to be brief, succinct, and easy to read. Sources may sometimes be briefly mentioned or attributed within the article.
Examples: New York Times; Wall Street Journal; Seattle Times; The Chronicle.
Most popular magazine articles are designed to entertain or provide information to a wide general audience. Written by employees of the magazine or freelance journalists, these articles tend to be short and simple to read and tend to have lots of photographs and advertisements. Most of these articles do not directly cite sources of information.
Examples: People; Time; Discover; Sports Illustrated; U.S. News and World Report.
Trade or Professional Publication Articles
Articles in trade/professional publications are written for and contain content that will interest people in the industry or profession. Written by people in the industry/profession or freelance journalists with industry knowledge, these articles help professionals in the field stay current on new developments, leaders in the profession, and trends in the industry.
They also include industry specific product reviews and advertisements, job announcements, regulatory information, and upcoming events and conferences. Some of these articles will note the author’s credentials and affiliations and briefly cite sources of information.
Examples: American Builder (home builders); American Nurse (nurses); Food Technology (food industry); Advertising Age (marketing & advertising profession); Harvard Business Review (business profession).
Scholarly Journal Articles
Also called academic articles or journal articles, scholarly articles are usually based on original research or contain an in-depth analysis on a topic relevant to their field. Written by researchers, scholars, and experts in a specific field to share their research with other professionals in their field, these articles are written at an academic level and will include technical terms and jargon belonging to that field. They will also include a brief biography to highlight the author’s credentials and will cite all their sources throughout the article as well as contain a long list of citations (bibliography) at the end of the article.
Not all of the articles in scholarly journals are scholarly articles; they may also have editorials, book reviews, and news briefs. Make sure your article has all the hallmarks of a scholarly article, as mentioned in the above paragraph.
Examples: Journal of Biological Sciences; Cambridge Journal of Education; Journal of American History; Social Psychology Quarterly; Journal for Juvenile Justice Services.
Peer-Reviewed vs Scholarly Articles
Peer reviewed articles (also called juried articles or refereed articles) are scholarly articles that undergo a more rigorous review process before they can be published. The video below from Newman Library will illustrate what scholarly articles are and what the peer-reviewed process is.
What are Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Articles?
Not all scholarly articles are peer-review articles, though it is usually safe to assume that all peer-reviewed articles is also scholarly.