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POLS 360: Women, War, and Violence (Malik) Spring 2024

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article (Interactive tutorial)

Reading Journal Articles

Get more out of scholarly articles

Searching for Articles (Use the Databases!)

In most cases, you will locate journal articles for your research by using tools called research databases -- large, electronic collections of references for articles of many different types and on many different topics, put in one place where you can search the whole collection. 

Unlike Google, which reads every word in every page of every document from beginning to end, the library catalog, and some of our research databases, can usually only see basic information about articles or books -- the titles, summaries, and maybe some subject keywords. This is why searching for sentences or entire phrases works in Google but not in the library resources.