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Journal Articles

Academic articles, those published in scholarly journals, are the bedrock of most academic disciplines. In the field of historical research, they are considered secondary sources. They provide an in-depth analysis of narrow topics. Prior to publishing, articles are vetted through a process called peer-review. Most articles include footnotes which can lead you to other material on a topic.

If the full text of the article is not available directly in a database such as Academic Search Complete, then click on the purple Check for Full Text button to find out if the UW has an electronic or print copy of the journal article you need.  If there is no button, then search the UW Libraries Catalog for the title of the journal to determine if the UW owns a copy.

Articles from journals which the UW does not own can be requested via Interlibrary loan.

Finding Additional Articles & Dissertations: Multidisciplinary

Using an EBSCO Database


Finding scholarly journal articles will be necessary throughout your academic career.  In this tutorial, learn some techniques for searching EBSCO's Academic Search Complete database, which is a good general starting point for most research. | Time - 3:11 | Transcript & Video