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Professionalism & Life Skills (FRSH-100): Find Articles

Introduction to using the Library for the FRSH-100 class.

What are Periodicals? What is a Scholarly or Trade Journal? What is Peer-Review?

Periodicals are any published materials that come out periodically, that is on a regular basis, daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

These include newspapers, magazines, trade and professional journals, and scholarly research journals.

The articles in periodicals can be located by searching online Databases that are subscribed to by the Library. Many of these databases include the full-text of articles. 

Types of Periodicals

  • Academic Journals are also referred to as "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" journals. They publish authoritative research articles by academics or experts in a discipline.
    The articles often undergo peer-review, which means they are evaluated by other experts before approved for publication.
  • Trade or Professional Journals are written by and for professionals in an industry but are not strictly research related.  These are very important for members of the profession in order to keep up with industry news and trends. They may contain data or other information useful for research.
  • Magazines are considered "popular"; the articles provide information and entertainment for the general public

See this chart: Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines vs. Trade Journals

Search Articles

Omnivore ArticleSearch

Omnivore OneSearch Help Guide                    Advanced Search

Use Databases to find Articles in Periodicals

Start with Multidisciplinary Databases to explore your topic. Click here for more Databases

To access Databases off-campus, use your CIA email username and password.

What is Omnivore OneSearch?

Omnivore is a search engine for library resources.

Go to the Omnivore Help Guide

With one search box, it searches across the CIA Library's book and ebook collections, article databases, media and more.

Omnivore uses WorldCat Discovery from OCLC (a global library cooperative.)

Discovery search helps you find materials in many different resources and
directs you to the optimal resources for your research.

Plus, you can expand your search beyond the CIA Library and find information about books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

More Features:

  • A to Z Journal Finder - browse or search to find journals with full-text
  • OpenURL Link Resolver - what?! Simply put, a link to full-text from one database to another
  • Google Scholar - links from Google to full-text in CIA Library databases (off-campus set-up)
  • Streamlined Interlibrary Loan- click a button to send a request for books or articles
  • Access to My Library Account -  View your checkouts, renew, place holds and request recalls

Finding a Peer-Reviewed Research Article

1. Select Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly when you search

Omnivore ArticleSearch, and most databases, have a button to check when you search or limit/filter your search results.
Omnivore Articles screenshots 

Advanced Search page  Search Results page

Omnivore peer reviewed screenshot

2. Confirm that it is a Research Article

Limiting your search results to articles published in peer reviewed scholarly journals is the first step. 
Scholarly Journals include other types of documents, such as essays, literature reviews, book reviews, commentary, letters to the editor, announcements, etc. So...

How do I know if it is a research article? 

A research article reports the original work of a scholar and will present evidence and conclusions.

Read the Abstract (summary of the article) or Introduction (first paragraph)  to identify the type of article and the topics covered. 

A research article must have:

  • a named Author
  • a Bibliography or References
  • PDF format available
  • more than a few pages

Tips for Database Searching

Searching is a process, you will try one search, evaluate your results, modify your strategy and try again.

  • Start with simple keyword searching
  • Use the Database Options to Refine or Limit and narrow your search
  • LIMITS include;
    • Scholarly & Peer Review
    • Full-Text
    • Date of Publication
    • Format or Document Type e.g. article, book review, letter to editor
  • Evaluate an article by reading the Abstract or summary.
  • Review your results to identify concepts & terminology that can help improve your search results.
  • Look at Subject Headings & Descriptors, standard vocabulary terms that describe the contents of articles
  • Use the Advanced Search screen to mix and match keywords and subjects and more.

Advanced Search Tips

Phrase Searches    
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed, e.g. "culinary science", "fast casual"

Truncation & Wildcards *  
The asterisk ('*') matches non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "farm*" will match "farm", "farmer", "farmed", "farming", "farmworker", "farmhouse", etc.

Boolean Operators
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words.

  • stocks AND sauces {search results must have both terms}
  • stocks OR sauces {must have at least one of the terms}
  • stocks NOT sauces {must have first term and must not include second term}
  • Use the Database Tools to Email, Save & Cite articles.

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