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High School Guide

Guide for high school students who want to do research in the McPherson Library

Where is my Article?

The database will tell you everything you need to know about an article.

Sometimes, the entire article is included in the database. Use PDF links or HTML links.

Sometimes you have to follow links from the database to the online article, often via our library catalogue.  Use "Get This" links!  

Sometimes, the article is only available in print, and you have to use the Library Catalogue to find out where the journal that holds the article is in the library.  "Get This" will tell you that the journal is only available in print, and for which years.  Use the "Show Me Where" button to determine which floor, and where on that floor, to visit to find the journal. 


What is a journal?

A journal is a scholarly publication containing articles written by researchers, professors and other experts. Journals focus on a specific discipline or field of study. Unlike newspapers and magazines, journals are intended for an academic or technical audience, not general readers. 

Most journals are...

  • peer reviewed
  • have original research
  • focus on current developments
  • cite other works and have bibliographies
  • can be in print, online or both

Journals are published on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and are sequentially numbered. Each copy is an issue; a set of issues makes a volume (usually, each year is a separate volume). Like newspapers and magazines, journals are also called periodicals or serials.

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