RIT Libraries provides access to several thousand journals and magazines. The majority of our collection is in electronic format, fulltext articles from over 30,000 titles can be retrieved electronically both on-campus and remotely. RIT Libraries also maintains print titles for those journals which are unavailable or unsuitable in electronic format. Current issues of printed holdings are located on the second floor on the Current Magazine Shelves. Older issues of print titles are also located on the second floor. Selected print titles are located in the Reserve Collection available at the Circulation and Reserve Desk.
I'm looking for articles on a specific topic. Where do I start? Can I just use Google?
Start your research using one of the more than 180 databases licensed by RIT Libraries. You will find scholarly information in all disciplines and in many cases will be linked directly to the journal articles on your topic in electronic format. These databases give you access to information that is not available freely on the Internet. Look for the MORE! button to link to even more fulltext.
I need an article cited in this specific journal. Does the library own this journal?
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My professor said he put this article on reserve for my course. Where do I find it?
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I still can't find the article I need in this library. What do I do?
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I need an article that is peer-reviewed. What does this mean? How do I find it?
Starting your research in the library databases is the best way to locate peer-reviewed articles. Many of the subject specific databases contain only peer-reviewed journals, while other general databases such as Proquest and EBSCO allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles.
Magazine vs. peer-reviewed journal:
MAGAZINE: A term used to describe publications intended for the general public or a particular interest group. Most articles are written by professional journalists, not scholars. The category covers a broad range: from scandal sheets to respected news reporting, from hobby groups to newsletters of professional organizations intended to keep practitioners aware of new developments.
JOURNAL: A term used to identify a publication containing scholarly articles based on theory or based on research conducted by scientific methodology. Articles are written by scholars and practitioners in the field. They are refereed by an editorial committee of peers before being accepted for publication, what is commonly known as peer-reviewed. Articles contain footnotes, charts and graphs, as needed, and end with a bibliography of sources. Journals are often published by a university press or are sponsored by a professional organization.
I have all the articles I need, but how do I cite them in my paper?
Our guide to Citing Sources will describe citation formats, link you to the most frequently used APA and MLA Style guides and help you select an online citation management tool.
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