Finding Journal Articles: Island Studies

The most current research on any academic topic is usually found in journal articles. As Island Studies is a relatively new, developing discipline, there are only a few scholarly journals devoted exclusively to this field, including:

- Island Studies Journal (ISJ)

A publication of UPEI's Institite of Island Studies, this is an open access, peer reviewed (scholalry), electronic journal, dedicated to the study of "our world of islands." New issues appear twice annually on the journal home page (; print issues are also availabe in the UPEI Library's University Archives (Call # GB271.J67).

- Shima : the International Journal of Research into Island Cultures

This, too, is an open access, peer reviewed (scholalry), electronic journal, available online. Although Shima and ISJ obviously complement each other, the scope and content of each title is quite distinct, and students would be well-advised to consult both journals regularly. New issues of Shima appear twice annually on the journal home page (

Due to the interdisciplinary and global reach of Island Studies, students should also be prepared to search a range of databases for relevant articles, using the suggested steps below.

Step 1

Use indexes to find articles on a particular topic.

Electronic indexes (databases) are available through the UPEI computer network. Print indexes can be found in the Reference area on the Main Level, shelved alphabetically by title. Note that in addition to providing references to articles, some of the databases include the fulltext of articles.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of Island Studies, other indexes and databases may provide references and/or fulltext articles on your topic. It may be useful to check other subject research guides.

Academic Search Complete    
A multi-disciplinary database which provides full text for more than 4,600 publications, including full text for over 3,900 peer-reviewed journals.

Agricola (1970- )
Produced by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this database indexes journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports concerning agriculture and related fields. The free Internet version is available through

CBCA Business, Current Events, and Reference
Provides indexing and some fulltext articles from over 600 Canadian periodicals. A good source when looking for Canadian information in any discipline.

Dissertation Abstracts (1938-2001)
Provides bibliographic information and abstracts for Masters theses and doctoral dissertations from accredited North American universities. Coverage of doctoral dissertations from universities outside North America is also provided. The current two years of citations and abstracts are available on the Web at <
(Cumulative Indexes for 1938-1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72, and 1973-77 are located with Indexes)
Special Collections

Provides indexing and abstracting of over 29,000 journals from all disciplines. You can search, display records, and email citations without charge, but the fulltext is only available for a fee. Ingenta incorporates Uncover and Catchword.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences I - IV and Complement Collections
JSTOR contains the complete archives of nearly 500 core scholarly journals. A “moving wall”, ranging from two to five years, represents the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR.

PEI Daily Newspapers (Eureka)
Provides the fulltext of The Guardian (May, 1997- ) and The Journal Pioneer (April, 1999- ).

Project MUSE
Provides the fulltext of over 100 journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Fulltext is provided for over 1,700 peer-reviewed titles from Elsevier Science.

Theses Canada Portal
Provides searching of over 220,000 Canadian theses held by the National Library of Canada. Fulltext is given for 46,000 theses and dissertations from 1998-2002.

Wiley Online Library 
Fulltext is provided for 346 journals published by Wiley. You can browse the journals by subject category or title, as well as search the entire database by fields such as author and keyword.

Step 2
Locate the specific articles

To find the article, you need to determine if the Library has the journal containing the article.

Most of our databases contain a GetIt@UPEI  (Full Text Finder) link for each of the search results.

Use this link to:

  • determine if the article is available fulltext indicated by a “Get Fulltext” link
  • search the UPEI Library holdings for print copies of the journal title if no fulltext link
  • request the article through Interlibrary Loan if the article is not available

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

Print journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the Upper Level. Those in microfilm or microfiche format are located in Special Collections on the Main Level.

Created by: Betty Jeffery, B.A., M.L.S.
Date Created: 18-May-2004
Date Revised: 13-September-2017 (Simon Lloyd, Island Studies Liaison Librarian)