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Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: 2c. Articles

This guide walks you through the steps of the research process.

Periodicals Defined

 

Periodicals are publications which are issued at regular intervals, such as journals, magazines, and newspapers.

To help you identify different types of periodicals, refer to the Types of Periodicals guide.

Article Formats

Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:

  • Index: Includes only the article citation (i.e., author, title, date, etc.). Neither a summary, nor the full-text of the article are available.
  • Abstract: Includes the citation and a summary of the article's content. It does not include the full-text article.
  • Full-text: Includes the citation and full-text article. This may be in HTML, .pdf, or both formats.

Article Databases in 5 Minutes

Choosing a Database

Article databases provide you with 24-7 access to magazine, journal and newspaper articles. To help you identify the most appropriate database for your research topic: