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Finding journals and their articles

Obtaining access to quality and dependable resources will increase the writing and research value of your academic tasks.  While there are many kinds of information sources, articles in journals are supported by in-depth research and opinions, considered over years of experience.

In this section, you will be introduced to a few ways to navigate the journal landscape.


Nimble Leadership: Walking the line between creativity and chaos

How did that happen?

Separating the journals from other types of publications

The Nimble Leadership article was published in the Harvard Business Review.  Many journals* (*articles in journals, as opposed to articles in magazines, have the advantage of writing about and reporting on in-depth research, and therefore are published less frequently than magazines) are connected to universities and colleges, and carry the institution's name in the journal title.

In order to "dig up" these kinds of articles, follow the instructions on the Introduction page of this guide, under the heading, Stepping into the library collections.

Select a collection (database) of journals and magazines with a business focus.  Here are some examples:

Business Source Complete, ABI/INFORM Collection, Business Insights Global, and CBCA* Complete (*Canadian Business and Current Affairs)

Once you open up a database, such as Business Source Complete, try to identify ways of isolating articles in journals, as opposed to other types of publications.



►Look for a way to filter articles that appear in "peer review" or "scholarly journals."  Most of the library's collections have a filter like this in the Advanced Search interface.

►In any set of results, the name of the publication is listed in each article record.  Look for publication names that say the word "Journal" and/or include the name of a university or college.  Here are a few examples: Journal of Business Ethics, MIT Sloan Management Review, Business & Economics Research Journal.

►If you have questions about the quality of a publication, you can always access the publisher's website.  Once inside the full record of information about an article you are planning to read, open the link to the journal's name.  The page that opens provides details about the publisher of the journal.  For example, the International Journal of Business Communication is published by the Association of Business Communication, a professional association.  If the publisher is a professional association, it is usually a mark of quality.  In this case, the publisher's Internet address is also provided. (

►In addition to scholarly articles, journals often carry other types of written work such as introductory letters from the journal editors or reviews of books.  If you are looking only for scholarly articles, keep in mind that the majority of scholarly articles are longer. (often more than five pages)

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