Building Research/Information Literacy Skills: Articles

Research Process Tutorial

Access to Databases

All Monmouth University students, faculty and staff have access to subscription databases on campus.

Remote access to databases requires entry of username and password (same as email) for verification.

Journal Locator

If you already have a citation to an article or want to browse issues, use the Journal Locator to see if the Library has access to a journal or periodical.

Multi-disciplinary Databases

The MU library currently subscribes to more than 150 databases which are accessible in the Library or through remote access 24/7. Check the A-Z  Database list.

To find the best databases for conducting research in your discipline, check our Research LibGuides  for recommended sources. Course-specific Research LibGuides can be developed for any MU course, contact the liaison librarian for your department.

For topics of general interest, try these databases:


Scholarly & Peer Reviewed   Beyond Library Collection
Advanced Search

  Searching Tips

Use the word "AND" to combine your keywords to make your search more specific. eg. substance abuse AND domestic violence

Use synonyms and alternative terms Related terms - broader or narrower - will also bring up relevant results. eg. teenagers | adolescents | youth

Use Truncation "*" to search for words with common roots without entering them individually. eg. searching for teen* retrieves teen, teens, teenaged, teenagers

Restrict searches to academic, peer-reviewed journals

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