Finding Journal Articles
-How do I
find journal articles? See "How
Do I Find Journal Articles?"
-What’s the difference between periodicals, magazines, and
-What are refereed and peer-reviewed journals?
What are scholarly journals?
-If the periodical is in the library, where can I find it?
the Journal Indexes
-I can’t find any articles on my subject.
-Why can’t I access certain databases from off-campus?
can't get the Lewiston Morning Tribune
online with the Library password anymore. What's wrong?
-What is a citation, and how do I read one?
hands on the journal articles
-How do I find the
actual article after I find a citation on the computer?
See "Getting from
Citations to Articles"
-When I print an article from a library workstation, where does
it come out?
-What do I do if the library doesn’t subscribe to the journal
-Will the library make copies of journal articles for me?
What’s the difference
between periodicals, magazines, and journals?
A periodical is a publication
that comes out at regular intervals (every week, for example).
Newspapers, magazines, and journals are all examples of
periodical literature. Magazines
are popular periodicals that try to attract broad audiences. Journals are scholarly, academic publications in which
professionals publish results of their research.
are refereed and peer-reviewed journals?
What are scholarly journals?
Refereed journals, peer-reviewed
journals, and scholarly journals are all ways to describe the same
these journals you will find articles written by scholars.
The articles are reviewed by other scholars in the field
(“referees” or “peers”) before publication to assure that the
author has followed good research methods and has contributed something
new to their field of study. For more information, refer to this
the periodical is in the library, where can I find it?
We have 2 locations for paper
subscriptions to periodicals. We
shelve the 3 most current issues in the Current Periodicals section on
the Library’s 1st floor.
All other paper copies of periodicals are shelved in alphabetical
order on the Library’s 2nd floor.
subscriptions come in microfilm or microfiche, rather than paper.
Those are stored on the 1st floor.
For more detailed
locations, refer to this
the Journal Indexes
I can’t find any articles
on my subject. Why not?
First, check your
search statement. Make sure
that you keep your search simple, with only the main ideas.
For example, you would want to type children
and Bosnia, rather than articles
about the emotional well-being of children in the former Yugoslavia,
particularly Bosnia-Hercogovina. Stick
to just the main words. Computers
are easily confused by too much information!
If you’re sure about
your search statement, try a Keyword Search instead of a Subject search. If that doesn’t bring more results, try another database.
For example, if your topic deals with psychology issues, switch
from MasterFile Premier to PsycINFO.
Last but not least,
ask the Reference Librarian for help on your specific topic!
can’t I access certain databases from off-campus?
We pay for a license for our
students and faculty to access each database.
Sometimes the license from the database company restricts us to
on-campus access or limits us to a certain number of simultaneous users.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
We look forward to seeing you in the library!
I can't get the
Lewiston Morning Tribune online with the Library password anymore.
Due to restricted access, patrons need to
come to the Library to use our online subscription to the Lewiston Morning Tribune. If you have a paper subscription to the Lewiston
Morning Tribune, you may call them at 208-743-9411 to set up your own
online subscription (at no additional cost).
What is a citation,
and how do I read one?
A citation is a brief description of a journal article. It tells
the researcher the article’s title, author, and where the article was
here for more information.
Getting Hands on the Journal
When I print an
article from a library workstation, where does it come out?
The printer for the library workstations is at the Circulation
Desk. Tell the staff at the Desk what you printed out. They will
retrieve your article and charge you $.10 a page. Remember that you can
also email articles to yourself!
What do I do if the
library doesn’t subscribe to the journal I need?
LCSC faculty, students, and staff may order articles via
Inter-Library Loan. (Other patrons should contact their local
libraries.) You will need to know the article’s title, author,
date, the journal name, and page numbers, as well as your library
card number. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery, and keep in mind that the
lending library may charge you a fee.
If you are in the library, fill out an Inter-Library Loan Request
form. (Online patrons may click on “Forms for
Requesting Materials," then follow
Will the library
make copies of journal articles for me?
The library offers this service only to registered Outreach
students, who can request this service on “Forms for Requesting
to the Frequently Asked Questions Main Page