Search engine specifically for scholarly journal articles, books, dissertations, and technical reports.
Library databases can help you to find articles published in electronic journals and other scholarly sources. In many instances, you can access the full text of the article right from the database. There are subject-specific databases as well as broad interdisciplinary databases that you can search through. Because Islamic Studies is so interdisciplinary, the following is just a sampling of the databases that may be helpful when starting your research.
It is important to distinguish between journal and magazine articles when conducting your research. Journal articles are typically considered to be "scholarly," while magazine articles are usually considered to be "popular".
|Scholarly Journals||Popular Magazines|
To inform or entertain
|Audience||Scholars, researchers, and students||General public|
|Author||Scholar or specialist with subject expertise||Frequently a journalist paid to write articles; may or may not have subject expertise|
|Content||In-depth account of original findings written by the researcher(s); very specific information
||Discussion of someone else's research; may include narrative or opinion; general information.
|Language||Specialized terminology; requires subject knowledge||General vocabulary; understandable to a general audience|
|References||All quotes and sources are cited||Little information about sources is included|
These multidisciplinary databases are great places for getting started with your research.