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Locating Scientific Literature

In this guide, we'll learn to locate primary source research studies using newspaper articles, press releases, and other popular secondary sources.

Using the Journals A-Z List

When should I use the Journals A-Z List?

If you know where the article was published (i.e. in which journal), and when it was published, the Journals A-Z list is the fastest way to see if the article is available in the Sprague Library.

Why can't I just google the title?

Many journals are not available through the web. This is because most journals charge for access to their articles. Since you're a student at Montclair State, the Library pays many of these costs through subscription fees. As such, most of the time you'll need to go through the library's website in order to access the article so the journal publisher knows that you are a student here.

What about just searching the database?

The library subscribes to over 230 individual databases, all of which contain different journals and articles. The Journals A-Z List will tell you which database the journal you're looking for is in.

How to Find a Specific Journal

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