Journals are publications that are continuously published on a routine basis, often monthly or quarterly. There are popular journals intended for a general audience, like Newsweek and Rolling Stone. And, there are scholarly journals intended for an academic audience.
Journals are published in both print and online formats.
Most journals contain articles on a designated subject area, like a particular academic discipline. It can be useful to browse journals to get an idea of what literature is being published in a particular field. For example, here are two academic journals in the field of anthropology:
Another reason to search for a journal is if you have a citation for an article you want to find. Here is a citation for an article in the journal Economic Geography found in the bibliography of another article.
[Image contains a citation that reads: Neffke, Frank, Martin Henning, and Ron Boschma. "How Do Regions Diversify Over Time? Industry Relatedness And The Development Of New Growth Paths In Regions." Economic Geography 87.3 (2011): 237-265.]
In this tutorial you will learn how to find out if Macalester has access to the issue of the journal Economic Geography that contains the article above.
Note: To search for articles on a particular topic use a library database. A good way to find an appropriate database is through a research guide.
To search for journals enter the title of the journal you are looking for into the Macalester Worldcat Discovery search box on the library homepage.
Enter the title of the journal, Economic Geography, into the search box and click the search icon or press enter.
You should now be looking at a screen that allows you to see more details about the journal, including different ways to access it. Look in the Availability section to discover how you can access the journal, Economic Geography.
The article you want was published in 2011. Look at the dates next to each Access journal link to see which database(s) should contain the article.
As a reminder, here is the citation for the article you are looking for:
Neffke, Frank, Martin Henning, and Ron Boschma. "How Do Regions Diversify Over Time? Industry Relatedness And The Development Of New Growth Paths In Regions." Economic Geography 87.3 (2011): 237-265.
The links for all of the databases listed include journal issues from 2011. Clicking on Access journal for any of these resources will take you to a new window (and out of this tutorial, so don't do it now) that has options for both searching and browsing the journal, Economic Geography, in order to find the article cited above.
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