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Research Paper Help

Journals vs Magazines

About Articles & Databases

  • Print issues of magazines, journals and newspapers, housed in the respective libraries, are in alphabetical order by title. Search PSC's online catalog, to see if a particular title is held at any of the campus libraries.
  • Article databases provide access to full-text articles from magazines, journals and newspapers. 
    • Available via login.
    • Publishers of articles in databases have licensed the use of the publication to the database producer.
    • In some instances, certain types of articles are not available (for instance letters to the editor or editorials).
    • Agreements between publishers and database producers can change and determine what the database will make available.
    • The best article for a particular research need might not be available online. In that case, the print copy must be used.
  • Not all publications provide their articles free of charge on the Web.
    •  A Web search may turn up some free articles, but the vast majority of publications charge for their articles.
    • Google Scholar is a good source of scholarly literature and can lead to the content of library article databases.  
    • Using the library's databases generally provide better quality articles than a simple Web search. Articles in these databases have appeared in print and have undergone professional review.
    • Most databases provide article citations starting in the mid 1980's. Full text is usually available from the early 90's.
  • Some articles published before 1984 may be found in databases, but most can be located using print indexes available in the library. See a reference librarian for help locating older articles.
  • Some databases contain a Find Text? button beside an article that links to Pensacola State's collection of databases where an article is only indexed in one database, but may be available full text in another. 

Florida Electronic Databases (Free to Florida Residents)