Why would I want to use the library to find academic articles?
Articles are usually published in magazines, journals, and newspapers.
When you do a quick web search, you’re getting results from all kinds of websites. Blogs, news, government sites, sometimes magazines, and other stuff – all mixed in with commercial websites and advertising. Some of these sites might be useful, but it can be difficult to find traditional publications in the mix.
Also, most scholarly journals are not free. Luckily, the library pays to subscribe to these journals.
If you need to find articles with academic authority, the best place to go is the library website. There are specialized databases available for you to search, find content in scholarly journals, and go straight to what you’re looking for.
For example, let’s look at a database called “Science Direct.”
Using Science Direct, search for articles on the solar cycle. Your search results will include original research articles from journals like the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics. This is volume 70 issue 1.
You can see a PDF version of this article. If you’re not ready for that yet, look at a preview including the abstract (a short summary of the article), and the outline of the article, including the references.
Using Science Direct database, you can also limit your results by content type, to a specific journal or book, by topic, and by year.
Explore the library’s article databases at http://library.calstate.edu/sonoma/.