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Undergraduate Research: Scholarly Journal Articles

About Scholarly Journals

Journal Abbreviations

Scholarly journals often list abbreviations in their citations: Phys. Rev. Lett., Nucl. Phys., Phys. Rev.

For journal titles abbreviated in lists of works cited, visit Journal Abbreviation Resources on the Web.

Finding Full Text

Many databases offer both full-text (yay!) and citations (grr!). Options when the full-text is not available:

  1. In the database, click journal linker or "search journal title" to check for it in other library databases.
  2. Use the Periodicals Locator to do a manual search for the journal title.
  3. In the database, limit the search to "full-text" and find another article.
  4. Search other libraries for the periodical
  5. Get the article from another library
    • Visit a library in person
      • Ask a librarian about InterLibrary Loan service

Open Access Publishing

An important movement in scientific information that broadens access and reduces prices for libraries and individuals.

Learn more by visiting SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

How to read a scholarly article

This is an short and clear tutorial to help students read scholarly articles.

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