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Article Databases

Here are a few places you can find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. From off campus you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).

Periodical Types

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals which:

  • Provide detailed information about a specific aspect of a topic.
  • Report on events, issues, or scholarly research.
  • Are good sources for current or recent information.

Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.

More information on finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

Search Tips

Magazine, journal, and newspaper focus on a specific aspect of a topic.  Therefore, what you type into the search box needs to be specific.

Select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new term; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

U2 AND religion

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.

"civil war" AND music

Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word.  Using censor* as a search term will include results that refer to censor, censors, censored, censoring, and censorship.

censor* AND Shostakovich

Why can't I just use Google?

This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases. 

Click the  icon located in the bottom right corner to watch the video in fullscreen mode.