In many disciplines journal articles are the bread and butter of scholarly communication. This page has information on how to find them.
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Together with books, scientific articles are the most important publication form in science. The most important search engines for articles are:
All search engines have their strong and weak points and each discipline has its own set of best search engines. Your search will be more efficient and your search results will be more complete if you take the trouble to get to know them. When exploring the coverage and opties of search engines use the system's help files but also tutorials and LibGuides available on the web or on our LibGuides homepage.
Another good way to find articles is by following the literature references and citations from and to earlier found articles.
In the special LibGuide searching for articles you will find all possibilities and impossibilities listed.
All journals that the library has available online are listed by title, subject and publisher in our journal listing. These lists also indicate peer review and exact years of holdings.
Print only journals are in the library catalogue.
The LibGuide Searching for Articles has extensive information on all kinds of other journal listings that provide metrics, impact factors and more (currently only in the Dutch version).
Scopus is a large search engine containing some 50 million scientific journal articles and conference proceedings. Its most important features are:
Scopus has an excellent coverage for the medical and natural sciences, technics and geosciences. Also the social sciences are well represented. Humanities is less well covered, but we are still talking about millons of articles, absolutely speaking.
Scopus offers very good options to follow the network of citations between articles.
In the special LibGuide Scopus you will find detailed information about all the possiblilites and bonuses of Scopus.
Google Scholar is a large search engine for scholarly publications. It searches primarily journal articles and, contrary to almost all other search engines, searches the full text. From Google Books the data of a large number of scientific books are included in Google Scholar. Also in this respect Google Scholar differs from classical scientific search engines such as Scopus or Web of Science.
Google Scholar's special features listed:
In the special Google Scholar LibGuide you will find all you want to know about successfully using this remarkable search engine
Web of Science is a search engine for scientific and scholarly literature in all subject areas.
For many articles, it contains the references given by the author, as well as the citations of that particular article by other authors. That way you can easily find related articles and you can also recover the impact of a major article.
The special Web of Science LibGuide (in Dutch) gives the details of the many search possibilities and extras of Web of Science.
The market for multidisciplinary citation databases is dominated by Web of Science and Scopus. Web of Science is older (started in 1961) and has a very solid reputation among scholars. Scopus is the young contender (2004), but is now also very well known worldwide. The databases have become more and more alike, but there are still some important differences.
Strong points of Scopus
Strong points of Web of Science
Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search are also multidisciplinary scholarly databases with citation information, but support for citation analysis is limited and their data quality control is not as rigid as that of WoS and Scopus.