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Why use our databases and not websites? Many websites are created or sponsored by companies with the intent to sell products or services. Their information may be inaccurate or biased.

If you are looking for a particular journal, go to Journals page.

Please note: Off-site access to these databases requires a valid St. Francis College login. 

Articles from the Internet

Here are two additional sources (from the Internet) to help you find articles.

Here is a video on how to use Google Scholar.

Research Tip

Successful information research requires you to know how to phrase your topic to match those of the research system so that the system can find relevant results. This is where keywords come in handy. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a keyword as "a word (usually one of several) chosen to indicate or represent the content of a larger document, text, record, etc., in an index, catalog, or database." 

How to find keywords? Start your search with two or three most significant words that describe your topic. Check out a few results that seem relevant. Look at the "Subjects" terms in these results. Now use these terms to search. Another method is to use the database's thesaurus. Not all databases have one and sometimes you click a link or a tab to find it. For example, a database called ProQuest has it on the "Advanced Search" page. 

Here is a keyword generator to help you create keywords. 

Example of keyword vs. subject term:  human body vs. human anatomy

What're Scholarly Articles?

Scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed articles are written by scholars or experts in a particular discipline. The authors' peers review the article before it gets published in a journal (see definition below.) This process adds more credibility and accuracy to the claims in the article.

There are a dozen ways to distinguish scholarly journals from other types of periodicals

Three key specifications are: Who wrote it? What is the article’s structure? Is there a list of works cited?

Here is an interactive look at the purpose of each section within a scholarly article. The Anatomy of a Scholar Article.

And here is a 3-question test to help you. Is this Article Scholarly?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, journals are "any periodical publication containing news or dealing with matters of current interest in any particular sphere."

What's an Abstract of an Article?

An abstract of an article is a summary of the article. Sometimes you may only see an abstract and not the actual article, which is called full-text.

Why? Some databases does not offer full-text.

What can you do? First, try to search for the article in our catalog. Use the full title of the article to search. This allows you to search all of our databases. Still could not find it. Request us to get the article from another library through a service called interlibrary loan (ILL).