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.
Canadian Business & Current Affairs

Canadian Business & Current Affairs (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.
Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database - CLCD

The CLCD Enterprise PreK-12 database is the premier academic resource for courses needing to locate Children’s and Young Adult books and other media.  The content includes millions of fiction/non-fiction titles, thousands of awards and quality reviews including author/title links, lesson plans and teaching guides.  The search engine offers multiple options including 50 search filters to find materials for determining interest & reading levels; selecting trade books based on standards; creating thematic, annotated biographies; interpreting reviews; developing classroom collections and more. 


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.
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 Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Literature Resource Center offers up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Its materials support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

Description provided by the database publisher, Gale/Cengage

Gale Literature: LitFinder

Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

LitFinder is international in scope, covers all time periods, and contains literature content, including more than 140,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. LitFinder also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Within LitFinder 's collection, patrons have access to works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities. 

LitFinder 's easy-to-use search paths allow users to easily target the information they are looking for or to browse the database through various refine search and results limiter options. For example, users can find everything from the sonnets of Shakespeare to the poetry of Maya Angelou, the love poetry of the 13th century to contemporary poems by African American women, the inaugural speeches of George Washington through George W. Bush, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe to stories by up-and-coming writer Elizabeth Weld, or essays on such subjects as the arts, science, and religion.

Person search quickly retrieves a particular writer or identifies authors linked by such qualities as gender, nationality, century, and genre. A works search provides similar limiters and the ability to browse works by thousands of subjects, themes, genres, and movements. Basic and advanced search modes allow users to search by keyword, author, subject, work title, work date, nationality, gender, century, and more.


(Description provided by the database publisher, Gale/Cengage)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Thousands of full text reference titles across literature, music, business, social sciences, science, 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.

Search in:

Need help? See the "How to Search JSTOR" guide.




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!

Medieval and Classical Literature Library Collection of the most important literary works of Classical & Medieval civilization. Search or browse by title, author, genre & language.
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.
Oxford Academic

Oxford journals (about 240) and ebooks purchased from Oxford. This does NOT include the Oxford English Dictionary which is on its own platform.

Oxford English Dictionary Online Most comprehensive dictionary of the English language. Meaning, history & pronunciation of 600,000 English words, past & present. Updated quarterly.
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.

AVON - Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos 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.

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 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