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MBA 506: Finding Articles

Academic & Trade Articles

You can find business articles using LibrarySearch, or a specific articles database like Business Source Complete (below). 

To find academic or trade articles in LibrarySearch, follow these steps: 

  1. Start in the LibrarySearch box, and run a search using keywords for your topic.
  2. From the Search results screen, select from the "Content Type" menu: either "Journal Article", or "Trade Publication Article". This will narrow your search results down to those specific types of articles. 
  3. You may have to select  the "More..." option to see more content types in the menu.

You can also search databases related to business and management literature directly, which is helpful for narrowing your search to databases that specialise in business & management resources.

Here are some databases that are most useful for research on the recycling industry:

What is an academic journal?

Journals are periodical publications containing articles related to a particular subject area, or academic discipline. Journals are published at set intervals throughout a calendar year (monthly, quarterly, biannually, etc.) and are each assigned a unique volume number and issue number that typically identify the number of years the publication has been circulating, and how many times the journal has been published (which interval) so far that year. 

Articles contained within academic scholarly journals have undergone a process known as peer review. Peer review is a double-blind evaluation of scholarly articles prior to publication, ensuring that the research quality meets the set standards of a given discipline. Experts in the field are asked by journal editors to take on a kind of gatekeeper role to assess the quality of the research. These peer reviewers test for accuracy and validity, and will often ask for some revisions. At the end of this process, an article is either accepted for publication, or declined. Increasingly, journal articles may be assigned unique identifiers known as DOIs, that assist in retrieving and citing them.

The peer review process is what separates academic journals from popular journals. Popular journals are generally more opinion-based and journalistic in style. Peer review evaluation is not required for articles published in popular journals.

Most journal access requires a subscription -- either through an institution, or a private subscription. VIU Library currently provides full-text access to over 80,000 journals. Historically, library stacks were lined with large collections of print journals. Nowadays, the majority of journal access is online, with eJournals and eArticles. The increased demand for electronic resources has surpassed the popularity of bound journals and printed articles. That being said, there remains a small number of print journals that VIU Library subscribes to, including some local community zines, and smaller independent journals that do not have electronic versions available. 

Open access (OA) journals have been steadily increasing in numbers and popularity, particularly within the sciences. The open data movement continues to gain traction among scholars and researchers in Canada and around the world, as many of these journals are implementing a peer review process. Peer review has increased the credibility of many OA journals.

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