Finding Journal Articles: English

The most current research on any academic topic is usually found in journal articles.

Step 1
Use indexes to find articles on a particular topic.
                

Article Databases are available through the Library's website for both on-campus and off-campus access. Off-campus users will be prompted for their UPEI username and password. Note that in addition to providing references to articles, some of the databases include the fulltext of articles.

Indexes and databases pertinent to English include:

Title Description
Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database which provides full text for more than 8,500 periodicals, including full text for over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
Blackwell Synergy -- See Wiley Online Wiley Online is a multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.
Canadian Poetry Audio Archive A bilingual poetry audio archive featuring a sampling of contemporary recordings of Canada's most acclaimed poets and transcripts of Canadian poetry.
CBCA Complete (Proquest)

CBCA Complete, includes Education and Business in a single search.

 

Proquest's Guide to CBCA (note the tabs along the top for different parts of the guide)

Chaucer Bibliography Online Provides citations to research literature on English writer Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-c.1400) from scholarly journals, books, and other sources.
Early Canadiana Online A searchable full text collection of 3,000+ books & pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century.
Films on Demand - English Films on Demand provides streaming videos on non-fiction topics.
First Nations Periodical Index

Indexes periodicals covering mainly Canadian Native content. Note: This free index is closed, and was last updated in 2004. Use OneSearch or CBCA for more recent materials.

Gale Literary Index

A master index to every literary series published by The Gale Group. The Library has some of these in Gale Virtual Reference Library online and some in print, including Contemporary Authors (original and New Revision), Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), NCLC, TCLC, Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB), Novels for Students, Short Stories for Students, and many more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Thousands of full text reference titles across literature, music, business, theatre, famous people (American and world), literary criticism and interpretation, and more.

Very heavy on British and American literature and authors.  A very good general biographical research database.

Historical Abstracts (European and World history) Indexes key historical journals, as well as a targeted selection of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Ingenta Contains citations to research articles from over 13,500 scholarly & popular journals. Coverage includes the humanities, social sciences & science.
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Bibliographic database comprised of over 1.1 million citations of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).
JSTOR Arts & Sciences I - VIII, Complement Collections and Life Sciences

Provides access to archival & current issues of over 1,400 scholarly journals across 57 academic disciplines. Includes primary source materials.

Robertson Library does not subscribe to all of the JSTOR collections, so use Interlibrary Loan to request articles that are not available in JSTOR or the Library's other collections.

 

Beta from JSTOR:

JSTOR Labs has created an interesting new kind of search engine for finding articles within their collections that are "similar to" an article that you provide (upload PDF, does not have to be from JSTOR). If your topic does not require very recent articles, give it a try!
http://www.jstor.org/analyze/

Literary Reference Center Plus A comprehensive fulltext database providing information on thousands of authors & their works from major reference works, books & literary journals.
MLA Directory of Periodicals Provides detailed information on over 5,500 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the International Bibliography.
MLA International Bibliography - EBSCOhost Bibliography of journal articles, books & dissertations. Contains over 2.2 million citations from over 4,400 journals/series & 1,000 book publishers.
Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) Collection of the most important literary works of Classical & Medieval civilization. Search or browse by title, author, genre & language.
Oxford English Dictionary Online Most comprehensive dictionary of the English language. Meaning, history & pronunciation of 600,000 English words, past & present. Updated quarterly.
Oxford Reference Online Contains general & subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks & chronologies. Search across specific books or subject areas.
Oxford University Press Journals Full text for over 240 journals from a variety of areas, including history, literature, science, medicine, political science, psychology & sociology.
Project MUSE Includes the full text of over 320 scholarly journals in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences fields.
Theatre in Video Contains over 400 plays & over 100 documentaries available online in streaming video, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors & directors.

MLA International Bibliography
The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature.

 

Canadian Poetry Archive
The Canadian Poetry Archive features selected poems from over 100 early English- and French-language Canadian poets. Digitized from public domain anthologies found in the National Library of Canada's rich literature collection, the poems represent some of Canada's most notable poetry from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Canadian Poetry Archive database is searchable by poet, title, keywords and date. Author, title and date indexes can also be browsed.

Gale's Literary Index
A master index to every literary series published by The Gale Group. The series contains biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings. Database records indicate the Gale series and volumes in which an author appears. Printed editions of many of these Gale publications are available in Robertson Library. Check the Library Catalogue (using Title) for holdings.

Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL)
The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization. It is searchable and browsable by title, author, genre, and language. English translations are available.

Theatre in Video   
Theatre in Video contains more than 250 plays and more than 100 documentaries available online in streaming video.

Articles of interest can also be found in:
Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Premier provides fulltext for nearly 4,700 publications, including fulltext for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.

CBCA Business, Current Events, and Reference
Indexes Canadian academic, general interest, and industry periodicals. It includes over 600 periodicals, significant articles from 8 daily newspapers, and a selection of electronic sources. CBCA includes reviews of books, movies, music, theater, software, and the arts. Starting in 1993, full-text has been included from The Financial Post, Canadian Press Newswire, CBC broadcast transcripts, CNI-Clips, and English articles from over 100 periodicals.

Duke University Press: eDuke Scholarly Collection Journal Titles       
The e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection includes online access to thirty Duke humanities and social science journals.

Early Canadiana Online
A searchable full text collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection focuses on literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada. (See also the CIHM database above). N.B. The UPEI Library is not a paid ECO subscriber, but much of the ECO collection is freely available to non-subscribers.

Films On Demand for English - Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from thousands of high-quality educational titles in dozens of subject areas.  (Listed under Library Databases on our home page.)

First Nations Periodical Index
Indexes periodicals covering mainly Canadian Native content.

Historical Abstracts
Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present... Currently over 2,000 journals... are covered in the database... In addition to including the key historical journals from virtually every major country, Historical Abstracts includes a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities... Some journal coverage dates back to 1954. Please note that the database content emphasis is on the history of countries other than Canada and the United States.

Ingenta
This database combines the content of UnCover and Ingenta and contains citations to research articles from over 29,000 scholarly and popular journals. Subject coverage includes the humanities, social sciences, science, and technology. Robertson Library does not subscribe to the document delivery service offered.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences I - VI and Complement Collections and Life Sciences
JSTOR is an archival collection that includes 1,856,206 full-length articles across 47 disciplines. There is a moving wall ranging from 2-5 years that defines the gap between the current date and the most recent available issue.

Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online provides fast access to top-quality authoritative information on every subject. It includes general and subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and chronologies. Searches may be done across specific books, across subject areas, or across the entire database.

Oxford University Press Journals
Oxford University Press journals is a collection of approximately 165 full text journals from a variety of areas, including history, literature, science, medicine, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Project MUSE
From John Hopkins University Press. Includes the full text of over 175 scholarly journals in the Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences fields View a list of the journal titles which are included or search the database.


Step 2

Locate the specific articles.


To find the article, you need to determine if the Library has the journal containing the article ... or the PDF of the article via one of our databases.

Many of our databases contain a GetIt@UPEI link for each of the search results.

Use this link to:

  • determine if the article is available full-text
  • determine if the article is available in print
  • request the article through Interlibrary Loan, if the article is not available

If you do not have the  link, follow the same procedure, as above, by using the links from the Library web page

  • determine if the article is available full-text or in print by searching Find Journal Titles
  • request the article through Interlibrary Loan, if the article is not available

Bound print journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the Upper Level.

Please contact the Library's Service Desk, 566-0583, for assistance.

Created by: Cathy Callaghan, B.A., M.L.S.

Modified by: Suzanne Jones, B.A., M.L.S.
Date Created: 15-November-2008
Date Revised: June 9, 2014