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PC 603: Research Methods: Find Articles

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Start with the following Monmouth University subscription databases to find journal or newspaper articles. Remote access is available using your student ID and password.

Tips for Finding Articles

Combine your keywords using "Advanced Search." Put each concept into its own search box.

Use quotation marks when searching for specific phrases.

If you're not getting back enough results, add synonyms or related terms to each box using “OR.”If you can’t think of additional keywords, do a general Google search for your term or use the database's thesaurus or index to find related terms. 

If you're getting back too many results, use the database thesaurus or subject index to search for the most relevant results. You can also add an additional concept to your search. Consider focusing on a particular population or more specific aspect of your original research question.

Once you find a useful article, find additional articles by looking at the references. You can also enter the article title into Google Scholar to find articles that have cited your original article. See this handout for instructions. If you use Google Scholar, remember to check for peer-review using Ulrichsweb.

If you need help, contact a librarian.  

Journal Rankings

Impact factor (IF) is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year.

  Popular vs Trade vs Scholarly


Popular Magazines

Trade Journals

Scholarly Journals


All readers

Professionals working in a specific field. Example: Nurses

Scholars and Students


Glossy paper, many ads and pictures

Glossy paper, short articles, many ads and pictures

Research articles with charts and graphics, few pictures


Freelance writers or journalists hired by magazine

Members of the profession

Professors, scholars or teachers in the field


Entertain and inform

Keep professionals up to date with trends in the field

Publish new research in the field


Very few citations

Very few citations

References are listed at the end of each article


Articles reviewed by magazine’s editors

Articles reviewed by magazine’s editors

Articles undergo peer-review by scholars within the same field


Published weekly or monthly

Published weekly or monthly

Published a few times a year, quarterly


Time, People

Advertising Age, Education Week

Higher Education Research & Development



NARACES (North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision)

American Counseling Association Division Journals

The following is a list of key counseling journals published by divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Click on the title to find the database covering the journal and then browse or search the issues.

Some journals have a 12-18 month embargo or are not available full text. You can complete an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request to receive copies of articles in those journals.

American Counseling Association (ACA)
Journal of Counseling and Development

Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)
Adultspan Journal

Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)
Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CORE) ILL required
Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development (MECD)

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC)
The Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling (JCAC) ILL required

Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
Journal of College Counseling

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Counselor Education and Supervision (CES)

The Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling ILL required

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
The Journal of Mental Health Counseling

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Professional School Counseling

Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
Counseling and Values

Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)
Journal for Specialists in Group Work

Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology

International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling (JAOC)

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)
The Family Journal

Military and Government Counseling Association (MGCA) formerly ACEG
Journal of Military and Government Counseling

National Career Development Association (NCDA)
The Career Development Quarterly (CDQ)

National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)
Journal of Employment Counseling (JEC)