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Educational Studies

Find Articles in Databases

When conducting research it is important to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles.

Journal articles are typically referred to as scholarly, academic, refereed or peer-reviewed while magazine articles are usually considered popular or even sensational. Always know which type is acceptable for your research.

What is a scholarly journal?

The main difference between scholarly journals and general interest or popular magazines is that these articles go through a "peer review" process before they are published. What does this mean?

  • Scholarly articles are written by researchers/professors/experts in a field, and they often report original research or experiment results.
  • Peer review is the process by which an author's peers (recognized researchers in the field) read and evaluate a paper submitted for publication and recommend whether the paper should be published, revised, or rejected. It is a widely accepted indicator of quality scholarship.
  • Peer-reviewed (or refereed) journals are scholarly journals that only publish articles that have passed through this review process.

Check the Anatomy of a Scholarly Article. It is an interactive guide to a scholarly article.

If you're not sure whether a journal is scholarly, look at our checklist.

Is your topic in the news? Try one of these for access to newspapers, magazines, and current affairs. Note that newspaper articles are NOT scholarly.

The database only gives me a citation, or just an abstract. How do I find the full text?

The Where Can I Get This link lets you know if the full-text of the article is available:

  1. Online through another library database.
  2. In print by doing a search in the Library Catalog.
  3. Via interlibrary loan by making an interlibrary loan request.

Make sure to look for the Where Can I Get This link on the database page!

Find out more about Interlibrary Loans.

Check your Interlibrary Loan Account.



Browse full-text electronic Education and Counselling journals here. Includes subscription based and open access journals.