What are Journals, Articles, Databases?
Lots of folks get tripped up by the terms “Journal”, “Article”, and “Database”. What do these terms mean in the Library?
Libraries mean specific things by the terms “Journal”, “Article”, and “Database”.
Generally: Articles are in Journals are in Databases.
An "Article" is a published academic text, often peer-reviewed, further cited in subsequent academic publications.
- How to identify scholarly articles (from the University of Wisconsin Library)
A "Journal" is a periodical text, often peer-reviewed, published by institutions or companies.
- Difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines (from the Georgia State University Library)
A database is a discovery system to search or browse for Articles and/or Journals.
- Google vs. Research Databases: What's the Difference? (from Brown University Library)
Search for Articles, Journals, Databases
- Please see How to Search for Articles, Journals and Databases in UIC Library collections.