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ENVS 204: Intro to Soil Science: Research Databases

This is a course guide for research in ENVS 204.

  What's a periodical?


Periodical n. a publication such as a magazine, newspaper or journal, published at regular intervals offering:

Current events, news, opinion
Focused, narrow topics

Multiple perspectives
Research studies

Girl reading magazine in chair

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Journal Abbreviations

Phys. Rev. Lett.
Nucl. Phys.
Phys. Rev.


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

Recommended Periodical Databases

Database n. a specialized search engine for finding articles, typically provided by a library. Most allow keyword and subject searches to find full-text articles and citations to articles.

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. Limit the search to "full-text" and find another article
  3. Search for the periodical (not the article):
  4. Get the article from another library: 
    • Visit a library in person.
    • Ask a librarian about InterLibrary Loan service 
  5. Try searching the article title in a web search to see if it is posted freely online.