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Poetry and Short Stories: Find a Journal Article

Accessing Online Resources

The primary entryway for accessing online resources is the Library GatewayThe Library's Easy Search allows you to search both journals and databases by title, ISSN, and vendor, and provides an option to search journals by subject area. There are also pages for Databases by Subject and Journals.

If you've already located a record for an article or resource that you'd like to access online, you can often find the "Discover Full Text" button


beneath the catalog record; if so, the full-text of your desired resource may be a few clicks away.

Article Citation

Do you already have the full citation for the article you're looking for?  Then use our Journal and Article Locator.  Simply copy and paste the citation to find the full text of the article.

Why Journals?

Journal articles are useful because they often contain the most up-to-date research analyses and discoveries. Many journals are also "peer reviewed": this means that every article is evaluated by an anonymous panel of scholars before publication. More information about Peer Review can be found here

Journal articles are shorter than books, making them a little easier to digest for your literature review; however, keep in mind that journals are intended for a scholarly audience of professors, professional scholars, and graduate students. While journal articles may be a more challenging read for the novice or younger scholar, they are an extremely important secondary source for literary research. Please don't hesitate to ask for help!

General Databases

In addition to the four databases featured here, there are a number of general humanities databases that will be useful as well.  Ask a librarian if you need help with any of these databases!